Les Inquiétudes du destin dans le monde de Caragiale : pour une poétique de la mise en scène


  • Visarion Alexa “George Enescu” National University of Arts, Iași, Romania


This paper approaches the work of the great Romanian playwright and prose writer I. L. Caragiale from a personal perspective. The author focuses on the concept of destiny and the ambiguities of this concept in Caragiale’s thought. The ambiguity of destiny, always defined between the comic and the tragic, between the sublime and the grotesque, is investigated here, showing that Caragiale had an extraordinary philosophical openness, which he translated into situations and characters. Some emblematic human figures, situations and lines from Caragiale’s work are briefly analysed and the modernity and prophetic nature of his political thought are also treated. All these aspects were elements that stimulated the author’s practical interest in staging or making films inspired by Caragiale’s work. Caragiale profoundly shaped the author’s conception of the actor’s art and the role of theatre direction: this is the conclusion of the present paper.

Author Biography

Visarion Alexa, “George Enescu” National University of Arts, Iași, Romania

ALEXA VISARION is one of the most important Romanian theatre and film directors and screenwriters. Alexa Visarion has staged over 100 theatre performances and directed 7 feature films, for which he was also a screenwriter: Înainte de tăcere (Before Silence), Înghițitorul de săbii (Sword Swallower), Năpasta (Catastrophe), Punct și de la capăt (Point and End), Vinovatul (Guilty), Luna verde (Green Moon), Ana. In 1984 he was awarded a Fulbright Grant, through which he went to the USA to study and research  theatre at the universities of California, Dallas and Milwaukee. For a year, he was a Professor at the University of Texas at Dallas. Between 1986 and 1988, Alexa Visarion received a second Fulbright grant, this time in film, teaching at universities in Los Angeles, New York and Boston. He also published numerous papers and some seminal books on theatre and theatre directing. Currently, he is a Professor at “George Enescu” University of Arts in Iași, Romania.




How to Cite

Alexa, V. (2022). Les Inquiétudes du destin dans le monde de Caragiale : pour une poétique de la mise en scène. Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai - Dramatica, 67(2), 47–60. Retrieved from https://dramatica.ro/index.php/j/article/view/257