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The Journey Trailer

A musician wakes up to find a mysterious beautiful woman in his bed.  Will she ever reveal her true identity?

“The Journey” explores the intimacy and the magnitude of the encounter between two people and ruminates upon questions about the mystery of the universe and our place in it.

Created and produced by Francesca Jandasek and Dan Istrate

Directed by Dan Istrate


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About the Project

The Journey, based on the writings of Matei Visniec, one of the greatest contemporary Romanian playwrights, weaves a tale of love and loneliness. The two characters dive into the paradoxical aspect of intimacy while experiencing their reality as a dream-like state.


We are presented with a simple, almost quotidian premise: A man wakes up next to a beautiful woman after what seems to have been a wild night together. He tries to find out her name. Her answers are elusive and only deepen the mystery. Her charm is undeniable and as the plot progresses, we see our protagonist falling for her. Are we witnessing a classical story of unrequited love? Is her presence an opportunity for him to learn a bigger lesson? Or is there more to this strange encounter?


Former big events seem to become footnotes. Will this night deviate the course of his destiny, or are we witnessing a dream within a dream? He forgets, he remembers, and in the end, forgets everything. Or does he? 

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Director DAN ISTRATE was born in Romania, graduated from the University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest, moved to the US in 1998, and lives in Los Angeles.

Theater Credits: Synetic Credits include: Dracula, Don Quixote, Faust, Frankenstein, Host and Guest, Master and Margarita, Christmas Carol, Tempest, The Three Musketeers, and Titus Andronicus. He has also performed with the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, Theatre J, The Players Theater (NY), and internationally in Romania, Georgia, Turkey, Slovakia, France, and South Korea. As a dancer he has collaborated with Sharna Fabiano Tango Company and Baredances Collaborative.

Film and TV Credits: “Her Tango”, “Dinner with the Alchemist”, “Antrum”, “Punks”, “Double Ecstasy”, “StartUp” (Sony Crackle), "This is Us" (NBC), "Interior Chinatown" (Hulu), "Quantum Leap" (NBC),“Great News” (NBC), “S.W.A.T.” (CBS), “Sexpectations” (Crisis Lab). He produced and co-created two feature length films (now on Amazon Prime), "Her Tango", and "Golani", and two short films, "Put the Devil Back in Hell", and "Leeks, Onions, and Pork Fat".





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