Listen To Wake Up Romania
Images from The Revolution
Wake Forest University Theatre
Scenic & Lighting Design by
Costume Design by
Sound Design & Engineering
Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
BOGDAN, an electrician
IRINA, a bus driver
Heather A. McClain*
LUCIA, an elementary school teacher, a daughter
Sona K. Tatoyan*
FLORINA, a nurse, another daughter
Jennifer R. Wynne*
GABRIEL, an engineer, a son
RODICA, Gabriel’s wife
WAYNE, an American
GRANDFATHER, Bogdan’s father
GRANDMOTHER, Bogdan’s mother
SOMEONE WITH SORE THROAT
SOLDIERS in Rodica’s nightmare
TOMA, age 8
PAINTER Bill Goodwin
GIRL STUDENT Jennifer R. Wynne*
BOY STUDENTS Matthew Udvari,
TRANSLATOR Drew Droege*
BULLDOZER DRIVER Drew Rush*
SECURITATE OFFICER Joseph M. Gera
SOLDIER Nick Kinder*
STUDENT DOCTOR Sona K.Tatoyan*
FLOWER SELLER Emily Sparkman*
HOUSE PAINTER Heather A. McClain*
Technical Director Douglas W. Brown
Costume Shop Supervisor Lisa Weller
Audience Services Coordinator Shanda Smith
Assistant Stage Managers
Master Carpenter Eddie
Scenery & Props Crew
Thomas O. Allen, Stephen Burns, Tarren Clark, Marguerite Corvine, Tate
Decker, Teresa Foster, Cameron Grant, John Gregory, Chris Heffer, Joshua
Munz, Brian Singleton, Sarah Storminger, Brent Thomas, Heather Wilkie,
Electrics Crew Matt Fuller,
Andy Grael, Nick Kinder*, Jeremy Rupor, Cat Saulniers, Blake Smith, Neel
Tanna, Will Teague
Much thought goes into choosing the plays that we produce.
Education of our students, quality of script, interest to the audience, relevance to all our worlds, ability to create a fine production, and many other factors are considered.
So why Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest?
First, Caryl Churchill is a very important contemporary
Second, Mad Forest is a good play and its almost journalistic portrayal
of the Romanian Revolution fits well into our year of globalization and
diversity. Would that oppression, fear, bigotry and violence were old news.
The timely and contemporary nature of this play has offered all of us (actors,
designers, directors,technicians and dramaturgs) the opportunity through
So we chose Mad Forest. It was a good choice.
15 - 26 December, 1989
December 15- Father Laszlo Tokes spoke out against Ceausescu in the town of Timisoara. Backed by thousands, the riot police arrived to try and remove Tokes and disperse the crowd. A noisy, and at times bloody, battle ensued in the streets.
December 16- The Securitate and the army were called in to restore order. The United States State Department reacted with, “It looks like Romania’s time may have finally come”, although the majority of the world still believed that Ceausescu would success-fully maintain control.
December 17- A huge crowd amassed in Timisoara. The crowd became aggressive and marched on the Communist Headquarters at city hall. The demonstration was severelyanti-government, as portraits of Ceausesecu were burned and thrown from the building. The army used tanks, tear gas and water cannons against the crowd.
December 18- The Executive Political Committee in Bucharest ordered the army to begin firing real bullets into the demonstrators. Civilian casualties ran high in Timisoara and the dead were collected by the army and either thrown in mass graves or burned.
December 19-The resistance continued in western Romania, and the death count rose. The United States condemned the Romanian government for the use of “brutal force”. The army began to switch over to the side of the demonstrators.
December 20- Negotiators from Bucharest were sent to Timisoara. The Securitate continued firing on demonstrators. Ceausescu arrived home from a visit to Iran and proclaimed martial law. He also blamed the uprising on Hungarian Fascists.
December 21- Ceausescu addressed a crowd in Bucharest in a televised
speech. Unexpectedly, the crowd became violent and tried to break police
lines. A violent clash ensued in which at least 13 youths were killed.
Protests began breaking out all over the
December 22- More demonstrators began to reassemble early in
the morning. Huge crowds were locked in a standoff with the army in the
main square of Bucharest. Reports of dissidence between Ceausescu and his
army caused the crowd to start
December 23-The fighting and brutality escalated in the streets,
as confusion reigned. Some of the army had switched over to the side of
the people and continued to battle security forces. Ceausescu and his wife
were captured and returned to Bucharest.
December 24-The army continued to battle and gain on the Securitate in Bucharest. The National Front claimed control of the revolution and established a provisional government.\
December 25-The Ceausescus were tried and shot in a very speedy trial.
December 26- The Ceausescu’s bodies were exhibited on TV, marking
“the end” of these initial stages of revolution. Ceausescu was described
as unapologetic and refused to recognize the decision of the courts. Despite
this, fighting continued both in the