Costache Caragiale

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Costache Caragiale
Costache Caragiale 1.jpg
Born (1815-03-29)March 29, 1815
Bucharest
Died February 13, 1877(1877-02-13) (aged 61)
Nationality Romanian
Occupation actor, theatre manager

Costache Caragiale (March 29, 1815 – February 13, 1877) was a Romanian actor and theatre manager who had an important role in the development of the Romanian theatre.

Born in Bucharest, Wallachia, he made his stage debut in 1835 and, in 1838, organized a theatre company in Iaşi, Moldavia, which became part of the first Romanian National Theatre. He worked in many Romanian regional theatres, especially in Iaşi, Craiova and Botoşani, and encouraged the usage of plays by Romanian dramatists of the day, especially those of Vasile Alecsandri and Constantin Negruzzi. Between 1852 and 1855, Costache Caragiale was the first director of the National Theatre of Bucharest.

He also wrote a few comedies, such as O repetiţie moldovenească - "A Moldavian Rehearsal" (1844) and O soaré la mahala ("A Soiree in the Neighbourhood").

He is the uncle of Ion Luca Caragiale, a Romanian playwright. His younger brother Iorgu Caragiale was also an actor and theatre director.

Works[edit]

  • Scrieri a lui Costache Caragiale, ("Writings by Costache Caragiale"), 1840
  • Epistolă către Grigore Alexandrescu, ("Letter to Grigore Alexandrescu"), 1841
  • Leonil sau Ce produce dispreţul, ("Leonil or What Contempt Produces"), 1841
  • O repetiţie moldovenească sau Noi şi iar Noi, ("A Moldavian Rehearsal or We And We Again"), 1844, comedy
  • O soaré la mahala sau Amestecul de dorinţi, ("A Soirée in the Low-Life Neighborhood or The Mixture of Aspirations"), comedy
  • Îngâmfata plăpumăreasă sau Cucoană sunt ("The Conceited Quiltmaker or A Lady I Am")
  • Doi coţcari sau Feriţi-vă de răi ca de foc ("Two Swindlers or Avoid the Bad Ones Like Poison")
  • Învierea morţilor ("The Resurrection of the Dead")
  • Urmarea coţcarilor ("The Swindlers, A Sequel")
  • Prologul pentru inaugurarea noului teatru din Bucureşti, ("Prologue at the Inauguration of the New Theater in Bucharest"), (1852), 1881
  • Teatrul Naţional în Ţara Românească, ("The National Theater in Wallachia"), (1855), 1867

Translations[edit]

  • Furiosul, ("Orlando Furioso" ?), 1840