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Stop the Tempo

Gianina Carbinariu

Past Work

NYC Premiere May 26 to June 18 2013:

Performances Tuesday & Wednesday at 7pm; Friday & Saturday at 7pm, and Sunday at 4pm & 7pm


7pm (Tues, Weds, Fri & Sat)
4pm (Sun)

Directed by Matt Torney

Cast Includes:

Reuben Barsky
Olivia Horton
Sarah Silk

Origin Theatre Company presents the US premiere of “Stop the Tempo” by Romanian playwright Gianina Carbinariu, in a theatrically explosive site-specific staging at Arlene’s Grocery. A limited 4-week engagement, with previews opening May 26th, playing through Tuesday June 18. 

In 'Stop the Tempo' three alienated scenesters in their 20’s express their disillusion with fitting in to the new Bucharest, which has changed utterly since the fall of Communism.  Now, neon signs pulse on every building, shopping malls fill every suburb, dance music pumps from every stereo, the TVs are turned up loud, and everyone is pushed to spend, spend, spend.  Subsequent to its Romanian premiere, other memorable productions across Europe have tapped a growing malaise for global consumerism.  In New York, the Belfast-born Torney adapts the play’s central currency to explore our own oscillating urges to disconnect in an utterly connected world.

Carbunariu is a leading figure in new theatre in Romania. She founded the group DramAcum, which sponsors a new boundary-pushing drama competition. Her first full-length play, “Stop the Tempo” is her most internationally known work, with notable productions in Berlin, Paris, Warsaw, Vienna, Istanbul and Dublin. Carbinariu is the 42nd playwright from Europe to be introduced to New York audiences by Origin.

For Origin, Matt Torney directed “Tiny Dynamite” at 59E59 Theatres, which receives a special Drama Desk Award later this month, the Sam Norkin Off-Broadway Award for theatrical design. An Irish Theatre Awards best director nominee for “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot”, his productions have been standouts in the Belfast International Theatre Festival, the Dublin Fringe, and the Edinburgh Festial. His “Walworth Farce” by Enda Walsh at the Studio Theatre in Washington DC, was nominated for three Helen Hayes Awards.

Running time: 65 minutes.


Arlene’s Grocery, 95 Stanton Street (between Orchard and Ludlow), NYC