At the press conference presenting the schedule for the 225th season of the theatre, General Manager Gábor Tompa has detailed the company’s guest performances within theatre festivals during this autumn: alongside our participation to the National Theatre Festival in Bucharest, the company’s performances will be also presented at other festivals taking place in Bucharest, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Gheorgheni and Arad. The company has added two new members this season: Tímea Jerovszky, who came from the Oradea Theatre and Francisco Alfonsín, who, after several successful collaborations has thus become a permanent member of the Cluj company.
The 2017/2018 season’s first premiere will take place in December, when Victor Ioan Frunză will stage Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, Angels in America. The premiere of the work - scheduled to be performed on two consecutive evenings - will take place in the Studio Hall, within the mini-season organized in December by the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj. During the theatrical mini-season organized on the occasion of the 225th anniversary of the Hungarian theatre in Cluj, audiences will be able to attend the most important productions of the last few seasons, the mini-season featuring also other types of events, such as exhibitions, book launches and conversations with creators. The season will continue with the theatrical adaptation of Chekhov’s novella Novel with a Double Bass, staged by Francisco Alfonsín.
In February, Romanian filmmaker Adrian Sitaru will stage the theatrical version of international his multi-award winning film, Ilegitim. March will bring the premiere of Los Putrefactos, directed by Gábor Tompa, a work inspired by the magazine of the same name edited by Federico García Lorca, Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel, as well as the contemporaries of these artists.
Next, Mihai Mănuţiu will stage Molière’s classic comedy, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme. In May, Radu-Alexandru Nica will direct a contemporary English drama, Mark Ravenhill’s pool (no water). May will also be the month when one of the winning projects of the competition for young theatre directors will be presented.
The season will end in June 2018, with Enikő Eszenyi, the General Manager of the Vígszínház/Budapest Comedy Theatre, staging Frank Wedekind’s drama Lulu.
Gábor Tompa also announced the winners of the Competition for Young Theatre Directors. Out of the 31 entries received within the competition, the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj will produce and include the following projects within its repertoire in the next two seasons: Leta Popescu (In)vizibil; Andrei Măjeri Las Meninas (author: Ernesto Anaya); Porogi Dorka Alice az ágyban/Alice in Bed (author: Susan Sontag) and Ioana Păun Mercenari/Zsoldos/Mercenaries (author: Mona Bozdog). The director has stated that during the evaluation process, the elements that swayed the jury were the ellaboration of the directorial concept, it’s transparency, the originality of ideas, the projects’ alignment with the
programs approached by the Hungarian Thetare of Cluj, as well as whether the project itself could indeed be carried out. In addition to the selected projects, 4 other proposals will be produced later on, following further joint development of the directorial concept. These are: Mădălin Hîncu: Carlo Collodi Pinocchio; Dragoş Alexandru Muşoiu: Chuck Palahniuk Snuff; Horváth Anna: Saito Ayumu Téli Beyer/Winter Beyer and Andrei Măjeri: Flavius Lucăcel Trecătoarea pisicii / Macskaszoros / The Cat’s Strait.