30.01. – 05.02.2018
Peca Stefan : #TheNewOldHome
Opening: January 30, 6 – 10 pm
Visiting Hours: January 31 – Feb 5, 3 – 8 pm
Presented with the support of Rumänisches Kulturinstitut Berlin.
#TheNewOldHome is a hybrid creation by acclaimed Romanian playwright Peca Stefan (Heidelberg Stückemarkt Innovationspreis ’07, Berliner Stückemarkt ’10, ’13), exploring political partipation of the elderly in the context of an accelerated European population ageing. The work is based on research conducted by the author in Romania, Germany and Spain.
A mix between puzzle, social game, exhibition, audio drama and interactive installation, #TheNewOldHome reveals the story of a 78-year-old Romanian woman who has recently moved from her village to a small town. Mrs. D’s secret is that she can see parallel versions of herself inside her TV set. Everybody thinks she’s going insane, except her millenial granddaughter Gina.
The concept and text of #TheNewOldHome was created and developed within the project “Ageing Democracies? Political Participation and Cultural Values among the Elderly in Europe” initiated by CCCB (Center of Contemporary Culture Barcelona), with the support of the Open Society Foundation.
Peca Ştefan studied dramatic writing at New York University, was a resident of the Royal Court International Residency and CEC ArtsLink Playwright in Residence at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven. He was the winner of the first dramAcum contest in Romania, in 2002. His work has been presented widely in Europe, South America and the United States. His plays have won several awards, including the Heidelberg Stückemarkt Innovation Award (2007) for Romania 21. He was also one of the 5 European Playwrights selected in the Berliner Theatertreffen Stuckemarkt 2010, with Wire and Acrobats. In 2012, the production of his play Târgoviște de Jucărie (Playground Târgoviște) was selected in the New Plays from Europe Biennale in Wiesbaden. He was commissioned as one of the 35 European playwrights featured in the 35th Anniversary Edition of the Berliner Theatertreffen Stückemarkt in May 2013. Since 2015, Peca has been a partner of immersive theater company PopUP Theatrics, NYC.