Staging Molière in Communist Romania. A Quantitative Diorama


  • Mihai Pedestru Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Molière, communist Romania, data, quantitative survey, Romanian theatre system


This paper accompanies a dataset containing information regarding the stagings of Molière’s plays during the 42 years of the communist regime in
Romania, from 1948 to 1989. It offers a quantitative overlook of 120 productions, through statistics and visualizations, in an attempt to make sense of the data and find trends and directions otherwise difficult to detect. The data was collected from a public repertory database, supplemented by information from the theaters’ archives and reviews from period magazines and newspapers. We have strived to let the data ‘speak,’ minimizing speculative commentary to where we felt it was needed to add colour or emphasize certain possible patterns. For network graphing and analysis, we used Gephi 0.9 software, and for the analysis and visualization of geospatial data, QGIS 3. Data processing and graph generation were carried out using Microsoft Excel.

Author Biography

Mihai Pedestru, Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

MIHAI PEDESTRU is Assistant Professor at the Babeș-Bolyai University’s Faculty of Theatre and Film, theatre critic and semiotician, interested in using technology to catalogue, analyse, understand, and subvert the texts and metatexts of performing arts. Firm believer that information wants to, can, and must be free, he promotes grounded theory approaches in theatre studies, the construction of open corpuses and data sets, and digital humanities practices. PhD in Theatre (since 2012) with a thesis on the influence of new technologies on theatre audiences.


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How to Cite

Pedestru, M. (2023). Staging Molière in Communist Romania. A Quantitative Diorama. Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai - Dramatica, 68(2), 35–57. Retrieved from