The Romanian Theater Association has announced on Monday, 7th of May 2018, the winners of the 26th edition of the UNITER Gala. The German State Theater, nominated three times, won two prizes.
As such, the category for Best Scenography, was awarded to Helmut Stürmer (scenery) and Ioana Popescu (costumes and live sand paintings) – she is a member of the German Theater staff – for their extraordinary work at The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother.
In addition, Yuri Kordonsky won the prize for Best Direction. He was nominated for the same play. Kordonsky’s visionary direction has created an innovative experience, an assembly where reality and imagination coalesce and recount an original story, imbued by Gabriel García Márquez’s magic realism.
Furthermore, Olga Török, TGST actress, was nominated for the Best Actress in a Leading Role category, for the part of Eréndira. Even though she did not win the prize, (Mariana Mihuț was the winner), Olga was the public’s favorite, receiving the most votes from theater goers.
The Incredible and Sad Tale of Innocent Eréndira and Her Heartless Grandmother, after a text by Gabriel García Márquez, premiered at the German State Theater in September 2017. The dramaturgy is done by Rudolf Herbert. The cast is composed by Ida Jarcsek-Gaza, Horia Săvescu, Rareș Hontzu, Franz Kattesch, Radu Brănici, Isa Berger, Dana Borteanu, Harald Weisz, Aljoscha Cobeţ, Richard Hladik/Mihály Csongor, Dana Borteanu, Isa Berger, Radu Brănici, Harald Weisz și Aljoscha Cobeţ.
The play was the second collaboration between Yuri Kordonsky and the German State Theater Timișoara, after The Seagull (in 2013).