Finalist for the 2019 Ubu awards for the best new foreign text, Gli sposi - Romanian tragedy by award winning French playwright David Lescot is the story of an ordinary power couple, Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu and his wife Elena Petrescu.
Both spouses hailed from the countryside and were active in the Communist Party. There was nothing to distinguish them from their comrades, except for the fact that they were a little less talented than average: bland, grey figures in a world without prospects. Capricious and bloodthirsty dictators, this Macbeth and Lady Macbeth from the Balkans sowed terror among the Romanian population before they were summarily executed on December 25, 1989 with the television cameras rolling for the entire world to see. A Romanian tragedy.
An intelligent, finely tuned performance in which Lescot’s writing melds perfectly with the aesthetics of Elvira Frosini and Daniele Timpano, an acting and writing couple whose repertoire is largely concerned with deconstructing the mythologies of history.