Gábor Tompa, the Artistic and Managing Director of the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj presented the company’s plans for the 2020/2021 season during the fall’s first press conference.
The first premiere of the new season will be that of Porno – The Story of My Wife, and it will take place on Wednesday, September 16, at 8 pm, at the Someş River bank. The production, directed by Árpád Árkosi, will be subsequently presented also on September 17, on the river bank, as well as on September 21, in the Studio Hall, on the occasion of the Anniversary of Hungarian Drama. Both performances will begin at 8 pm. The series of plays presented on the river bank also include the performances of A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Tom Dugdale, which will be take place on September 19 and 26, at 7 pm.
In its 228th season, the theatre plans to premiere three other plays. William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet will be directed by Attila Vidnyánszky Jr.. In connection with this event, the director introduced the company’s new members: Eszter Román, Tamás Kiss and Zsolt Gedő, who will portray the main characters of the aforementioned production.
The stage version of Antal Szerb's novel Journey by Moondlight will be directed by Botond Nagy and presented next spring, while the musical version of George Orwell's Animal Farm will be staged by Zoltán Puskás at the end of the season.
In early October, the theatre is scheduled to fulfill two invitations. A Doll’s House, directed by Botond Nagy, will be presented at the Joakimfest in Kragujevac, Serbia, and in Subotica. Earlier this year, A Doll’s House was nominated for the Best Direction and Best Set Design categories by the jury of UNITER. The viewers will be able to see the performance featuring a new cast starting with this season: Anikó Pethő will take on the character of Nora, while Balázs Bodolai will take over Helmer’s role.
The current pandemic makes it very difficult to organize the 7th edition of the Interferences International Theatre Festival entitled HORIZONS, however, the event will definitely take place in some form or another between November 19-29, 2020.
In the current circumstances, there are three possible scenarios for organizing the festival: a festival with based on physical presence, a hybrid festival where the companies that can travel will perform in Cluj-Napoca, and online screenings will also be shown, and the third option, which is to organize an exclusively online festival.
These options depend to a large extent on the further evolution of the pandemic and the health and safety measures enacted.