Head of Bulgaria's National Theater Steps Down

Culture | September 4, 2015, Friday // 12:50|  views

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Aleksandar Morfov, a renowned theater director who has worked as interim chair of the Natonal Theater Ivan Vazov, has submitted his resignation, officials say.

In a statement to the media, Bulgaria's Culture Ministry has thanked Morfov for his work in the past 5 months and has announced a new contest will take place on September to pick his successor.

Mofrov headed the National Theater for two years between 1999 and 2001 and then took over from Pavel Vasev, who retired late in 2014.

Morfov, whose plays have been widely acclaimed by some critics and spectators (though controversially described by many others), quit the National Theater in end-November to vent his anger at lawmakers' decision to appoint Slavi Binev, a businessman and former MEP, as the head of Parliament's Culture and Media Committee.

His actions were met with solidarity from colleagues, who took to the streets to demonstrate against Binev, with the latter subsequently stepping down under both societal and government pressure.

Back then, Morfov explained his decision by saying he did not wish to remain in a "state-owned enterprise" after Binev's appointment and said he was "against this government."

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Tags: National Theater Ivan Vazov, Pavel Vasev, Slavi Binev


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