I.L. Caragiale

The Lost Letter

Hungarian version by Attila Seprődi Kiss

Main stage

Ştefan Tipătescu
Tünde Skovrán
 
Agamiţă Dandanache
Melinda Kántor
 
Zaharia Trahanache
Andrea Kali
 
Tache Farfuridi
Kati Panek
 
Brînzovenescu
Csilla Albert
 
Nae Caţavencu
Imola Kézdi/Hilda Péter
 
Ionescu
Andrea Vindis
 
Popescu
Réka Csutak
 
Ghiţă Pristanda
Júlia Laczó
 
The Old Woman
Júlia Albert
 
Pripici Popa
Emőke Kató
 
Zoe Trahanache
Miklós Bács
 
The Boy
Bence Mányoki
 
The Drunk Citizen
Emőke Boldizsár
 
Chorus Leader
Enikő Györgyjakab

Chorus of the Drunk Citizens
HALMEN KRISZTINA, BÍRÓ ESZTER, BENEDEK ÁGNES

Farfuridi Fraction:
VAJNA NOÉMI, PETHŐ ANIKÓ, NAGY ESZTER
DARVAS BEÁTA, KOVÁCS TÍMEA ALETTA
DOMOKOS ERIKA

Caţavencu Fraction:
MADARAS JÚLIA, MEZEI GABRIELLA
BÁNDI JOHANNA
 


directed by
Gábor Tompa
 
dramaturg
András Visky
 
set design
T. Th. Ciupe
 
costume design
Carmencita Brojboiu
 
choreography
Vava Ştefănescu
 
stage manager
László Mányoki
 
prompter
Zsófi Bálint

Date of the opening: január 04, 2005

The story of the play is simple and full of turns. It focuses around the “odyssey” of a love letter, that unmasks the secret relationship of Zoitica –wife of a conservative leader –and her undercover lover, Tipatescu. On the eve of the elections the importance of the compromising document grows exponentially. It becomes the cause and effect of serial hysterias, blackmails, threats, rivalies, political quarrels and ridiculous power struggles which break out among the protagonists. Advocates and faction leaders, as well as a policeman and a cleric, insert themselves in the so-called scandal, proclaiming their personal interests in the name of the Faction, of the Constitution, of the People and of the Country.
What else can happen after all of this but the repeated disappearance of the letter and the winning of the elections by an “outsider”, the booby old campaigner – who runs for the election with the “help” of a similar love letter.

Caragiale’s topsy-turvy world is very well mirrored by the unconventional casting signed by the director of the play, Gabor Tompa. “I wanted to free the actors from the  tradition of the “great performances” that sits upon us, as well as from the tradition of character-playing. The fact that the roles are changed – the male roles are played by women, and the female role by a man – is itself enough for this, the actors just need to undertake their own being. Thus they become able to play a score” says the director of the performance, Gabor Tompa.

The performance is not recommended for children under the age of 12.