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Diana LobontiuWriter and Actor
Diana is is originally from Romania but has lived all over the world, most recently Anchorage, Alaska. She is a recent graduate of Wellesley College, where she concentrated in Theater Studies and Psychology, and is also an alum of the National Theater Institute at the O'Neill. Past roles at Wellesley include #00 in The Wolves, Callie in Stop Kiss, and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing. In her spare time Diana enjoys performing standup and improv around Boston. This past year Diana wrote and performed her solo show, Sfânta (Holy One) as part of her thesis project at Wellesley, and she's extremely excited to bring it to the Minnesota Fringe!
Audrey is a student at Wellelsey majoring in Philosophy and English. She has helped out in many capacities on shows for her theater friends, but probably for Sfânta the most times. Diana's not the only one wearing multiple hats here -- when Audrey isn't making sure everything runs smoothly on this production, she's fulfilling her most entertaining role as Diana's girlfriend.
Romanian Swear Words
Întinde-mi-aş chiloţii pe crucea mă-tii – I’ll hang my underwear on your mother’s cross
Fută-te-ar Sfinţii până apari în Noul Testament – I hope the Saints fuck you until you come up in the New Testament
Rahat cu ochi – Shit with eyes
Curvă – Whore
Pizda mă-tii – Your mother’s vagina (actually the c word)
Characters (played by Diana)
TEODORA MOLDOVEANU - 14. Has wanted to be a Saint since she can remember, but mostly for the fame.
SORA PAISIA - 32. Mother Superior, in charge of the convent and worried about feeding everyone.
ANDREEA POP - 15. New to the convent from Iasi, Moldova’s capital. Cool and rich.
IOSEFINA - 16. Laysister, tends the sheep. Mute.
CRISTINA MOLDOVEANU - 25. Teodora’s sister. Very pregnant.
ADRIAN MOLDOVEANU - 45. Teodora and Cristina’s father.
GHEORGHE - 18. Vlad’s brother and Teodora’s betrothed. Quintessential 17th century fuckboy.
Origin of Sfȃnta
One year ago I went for a run, and I stopped in the middle of the road because I had a thought: what if I wrote a comedy about a girl who wants to be a Saint, not for the holiness but for the fame? I’m Romanian, what if I set this in Romania in the 17th century, a time when Saints were actual celebrities? And what if I played all the characters? And get out of the road Diana, a car is about to hit you.
One year later, I've researched and found one of the few women Russian Orthodox saints, Sfȃnta Teodora de la Sihla. The historical Teodora did live in Vărzăreşti, ran to the woods to escape an Ottoman attack on her convent, and became a saint. I wrote my version of Teodora de la Sihla, with Romanian swear words, larger than life characters, and a lot of gay shit. My Teodora is a petty brat at the beginning of the play, and it's only with the help (and criticism) of the other characters that she can stand a chance at being a Saint.
I turned in "Sfȃnta (Holy One)" as my thesis project, performed it many times at Wellesley College, graduated, and now I'm ready to unveil Teodora's journey to the world. So here you are world, I really hope you laugh!
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