07. 05. 2024


Albert Camus's absurdist drama The Misunderstanding, directed by Mihai Măniuțiu, will be presented on Wednesday May 8th at 8 pm in the studio space created on the main stage of the theatre. This is the tenth collaboration of the director with the Hungarian company of Cluj. Among the many successful productions he has staged with the company, Cluj audiences have enjoyed, among others, The Tragic History of Doctor Faustus based on Marlowe (UNITER Awards for Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role, awarded to Zsolt Bogdán) and Woyzeck by Georg Büchner (UNITER Award for Best Performance of the Year).

At the press conference preceding the premiere, the director said that his choice of play stems from a passion for Albert Camus, which dates back to his student days and began with the myth of Sisyphus: "What struck me about The Misunderstanding was that it seeks to revive the tradition of Greek tragedy in the modern age, in a world that is fundamentally based on Christianity. This was his question, to which he also partly replied that a complete revival of the tragedy was not possible as long as the spiritual foundations were based on Christian values. However, the horrific element of the tragedy remains, as we witness it, and is still relevant today. We stand on the threshold of horror, everywhere. I'm not just talking about Ukraine, there are many other horrors waiting to break through our gates, the gates of our cities, the entrances to our homes, and the tension of the horror that is approaching humanity is ever present."

Adrian Damian, the production's set designer, said that he is always delighted to return to the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj and that several potential set designs were discussed during the preparatory work: "I think the version that will be seen on stage is my seventh or eighth proposal. I could always see each room connected to a dark space, a space that lacked the promise of sun and sea. I tried to find a space that had this oppressive atmosphere, this dark atmosphere that lacked sunlight. It is important to mention that what you will see on stage tomorrow could not have been created without the extraordinary effort of the production team."

Following the premiere, the performance will be shown next on May 10 at 8 pm and May 18, also at 8 pm, and will continue to be on the program through June.

The production is directed by Mihai Măniuțiu, with the participation of set designer Adrian Damian, costume designer Luiza Enescu, composer Mihai Dobre, assistant director Helga Dávid and assistant set designer Dariana Pau.

The production features actors Andrea Kali, Balázs Bodolai, Éva Imre, Enikő Györgyjakab, Andrea Vindis, Anikó Pethő and Lóránd Váta.

Tickets for the premiere of The Misunderstanding are already sold out, and tickets for additional performances can be purchased at the theatre's box office (weekdays between 10 am and 2 pm) and online at huntheater.biletmaster.ro.