Princeton University Department of Theater
Set and Lighting Design - Sydney Becker
Costume Design - Sarita Fellows
Sound Design - Pornchanok Kanchanabanca
Photos - Larry Levanti
MAD FOREST offers a personal look into the events of the 1989 Romanian Revolution as two families witness the radical collapse of their entire way of life. Through these personal stories the play paints an incisive portrait of a society in turmoil to reveal what life is like under a totalitarian regime and what results when that regime is gone. When rebellion brings down a dictator, the characters are left to grapple with what is left in the void. They ask us the difficult question: is freedom worth the cost?
The audience began upstairs, watching pre-revolution Romania from over a railing: surveilling like the all-powerful secret police, and comfortably separated like the judgmental West. As the country is uprooted in the whirlwind days of the revolution, the audience is brought down, one-by-one, into the middle of the action. We are thrust, like Churchill’s characters, into a place we absolutely recognize, but feels profoundly different. Hierarchy is destroyed, but rubble is left in its place. We all scramble together to decide what will be built next.