— Oana Stoica, Dilema Veche
Premiered on the 29th of October 2017 and still running at Centrul de Teatru Educațional Replika, Bucharest.
Parents, friends, school, doctors. When a girl is abused everyone’s knee-jerk reaction is to blame the victim.
boyz and girlz is a piece of social theatre that explores the tragic consequences of patriarchal values by exposing a society that tries to protect its teenagers through ignorance.
boyz and girlz follows a group of teenagers trying to find their place in a society where gender identity is enforced and in which they receive no guidance regarding consent, relationships, sexual education or mental health. The play explores the reactions towards an abuse, investigates the issue of collective responsibility and emphasises the importance of communication between parents, children and teachers and the necessity of sexual education in Romania.
Writer and Director: Sînziana Koenig
Cast: Alex Călin, Florina Gleznea, Katia Pascariu, Oana Pușcatu, Liviu Romanescu
Set and Light designer: Hermina Stănciulescu
Music: Alexandru Suciu
Co-artistic director of BÉZNĂ Theatre: Nico Vaccari
Photography by: Nicu Lazur
Recommended for ages 14 +
Produced by Centrul de Teatru Educațional Replika in partnership with BÉZNA Theatre
Partners: Sexul vs Barza, Agenția Națională pentru Egalitate de Șanse între Bărbați și Femei, Colegiul Național George Coșbuc, Liceul Teoretic Benjamin Franklin
As part of the project we invited Adriana Radu, creator of Sexul vs Barza Sex Ed vlog, to hold sexual education workshops in two partner highschools focusing on issues of consent, relationships and commonly believed myths about sex. Unfortunately, reflecting the dire need for reform in the Romanian educational system, in one of the highschools Adriana was not able to hold the last session as the religion teacher and some parents opposed the idea of sexual education being offered to the pupils and pressured the highschool to pull out of the previously signed partnership.
The text of boyz and girlz was published as part of the project and is available for free at Centrul de Teatru Educațional Replika.
"And perhaps only in an artistic form of impeccable acting quality, the message reaches the ones who need it, but especially those in a position to protect, not condemn. A few parents, open-minded ones I would say, were telling each other that this show should be played in schools. Let theatre supplement the deficiencies the system failed to solve ..."
— Oana Bogzaru, Yorick.ro
— Alex Mircioi, Observatorul Cultural