The production of Galoshes, based on György Dragomán’s novel by the same name, and directed by András Visky, will return to the spring schedule of the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj. The play will be performed on April 4, at 8 pm, in the Studio Hall; the next scheduled performance will take place on May 9, 2019.
According to the director, Galoshes introduces us into an endogamous and promiscuous small town from Transylvania, in which the lives of the persecutor and of the persecutee, of the member of the secret police, of intellectuals and that of the cunning workers cannot be separated. Everyone is Hungarian, they all share a common language-code, as György Dragomán inserts the play into the myth of Iphigenia: the family pushes a 16 year old girl into the arms of the head of the secret police, in hope of getting emigrant passports. The performance itself is an introduction of sorts into the 1980s, through the life of an intellectual family. By using the tools of cinéma verité, all becomes humanly: the space, the objects, the acting itself. It is about the lives of someone else, which still resonate within us: it is this closeness that might pose an interest even to those who had not been present during the 1980s. They can recognize that they somehow still have the same experiences at school, at home, or at the level of human connections.
“The scenes are so intense that one has the impression one is watching a movie, not a stage play. We see before us poignant situations, well-developed characters, even our own lives. The lives that were taken over by power. A power which we fear. The policeman whom we think is allowed to do anything. The politician, the mayor, the building manager, the director, who we believe to be omnipotent. The doctor at the hospital who can be bought. The lawyer, the clerk, who can be bribed. (…) Galoshes holds up a mirror in front of those who are elders and gives courage to the younger ones to dare to act against injustice, the settling in of dictatorial endeavors and models.” – writes Melinda Varga.
Tickets can be purchased at the theatre’s ticket office, or online at www.biletmaster.ro.