02. 05. 2019


The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj will perform two plays in May at the Comedy Theatre of Budapest (Vígszínház). As part of the traditional annual exchange of performances between the two Hungarian language theatre companies, the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj’s production of The Merchant of Venice will take place on Monday, May 6, at 7 pm at the Comedy Theatre of Budapest (Vígszínház), while Homemade will follow on Tuesday, May 7, at 7.30 pm, at the Házi Színpad.

Directed by Gábor Tompa, The Merchant of Venice takes place in the cold world of modern technology, where, in contrast, passions run high. Passions that point, first of all, toward narcissism and selfishness. At the same time, these characters are also prisoners of certain aspects of their own lives. Nobody chooses to give up everything, or to say he or she is not interested in money. They all act according to their own interest, everything being manipulated by a complex network of interests and alliances. Of course, each character bears strong, sincere emotions; there is sex, love, eroticism. Cast: Andrea Vindis, Gábor Viola, Balázs Bodolai, Ervin Szűcs, Loránd Farkas, Szabolcs Balla, Péter Árus, Csilla Albert, Alpár Fogarasi, Zsolt Bogdán, Éva Imre, Róbert Laczkó Vass, Csaba Marosan, Attila Orbán, Áron Dimény, Loránd Váta, Paco Alfonsín, Ferenc Sinkó, Melinda Kántor, János Platz.

The production of Homemade – directed by Márta Vargyas – first premiered in November 2016. The collaborative creation was born out of the necessity to address a theatrical performance specifically to adolescents between the ages of 14 and 18. Since the performance was inspired by the relationship between teenagers and their parents, in order to get better acquainted with the topic, more than 70 in-depth interviews were carried out.

Out of the almost 900 pages of raw material, the final text of the script was assembled by dramaturges Réka Biró and Katalin Deák, led by director Márta Vargyas, together with the entire creative team. A one-week long summer workshop led by András Urbán complemented the project’s rehearsal process. The team members of the unconventional creative process - actors, acting students, students of theater critique - can try out a variety of tasks: they can all be writers, actors, and conduct interviews.

Cast: Csilla Albert, Áron Dimény, Andrea Kali, Melinda Kántor, Csaba Marosán, Rudolf Molnár, Júlia Laczó, Gizella Kicsid, Ágnes Szucher, Dorottya Balogh.

As Yvette Jankó Szép stated, “After this performance you cannot get yourself to go home to your mother. You cannot get yourself to go home to your mother and not talk to her. I will rephrase it: it is a performance that makes you want to go home to your child, your father, your mother and just talk... if not with them, then at least to them.”

Tickets can be purchased at the Comedy Theatre of Budapest’s ticket office, or online at www.vigszinhaz.hu.