Sfânta (Holy One): A Solo Show

 
Playing at the Minnesota Fringe Festival starting August 4th!

Playing at the Minnesota Fringe Festival starting August 4th!

"Sfânta (Holy One)" is an absurdist solo show set in a 1680's Moldovan convent that follows Teodora, a novitiate who yearns to be a Saint only for the fame and glory. Her path is barred by her bro-ey betrothed Gheorghe, a budding romance with shepherdess Iosefina, and an impending Ottoman invasion. It was featured in the Minneapolis and Philadelphia Fringe Festivals this past summer and fall.

Diana as Andreea in "Sfânta"

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Diana as Teodora in "Sfânta"

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Diana as Tataie Adrian in "Sfânta"

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Reviews for Sfânta

“This has new play, queer content, religious content, comedy, and visiting artist all going for it.”

From Single White Fringe Geek blog: https://swfringegeek.blogspot.com/2018/07/14-sfanta-holy-one-d-lobontiu-strike.html

“Fantastically acted and energetic”

“A multi-character, one-woman show that is hilarious, touching, and absorbing? Sfanta blew my mind.”

“Only 1 costume, 1 ladder, and 1 impressive hour of digestible content.”

“This play had me laughing from the first minute and was truly the highlight of my fringe experience. The characters were well-defined in walk, talk, and mannerisms, and the performer (and writer) managed to mix a pretty esoteric setting with down to earth and accessible protagonists.”

from: https://www.minnesotafringe.org/2018-show-information/sfanta-holy-one

 

Origin of "Sfânta"

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!

Characters

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 Iași, 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.

 

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)