Csokonai Vitéz Mihály

The Widow of Mr. Karnyó and the Two Rascals

Main stage

Karnyó, an old merchant
Szabolcs Balla
Mrs. Karnyó, his wife
József Bíró
Samu, their son, who is mad
Lóránd Váta
András Hatházi
Zsolt Bogdán
Áron Dimény
Boris, chambermaid
Melinda Kántor
Csokonai Vitéz Mihály
Róbert Laczkó Vass
Péter Árus , Csaba Marosán , Anikó Pethő , Rita Sigmond , Zsolt Vatány


directed by
Attila Keresztes
set design
Viola Fodor
costume design
Viola Fodor
music composed by
Pál Kazár
musical coordinator
Pál Kazár
Ferenc Sinkó
stage manager
Pál Böjthe

Date of the opening: march 06, 2015

Csokonai wrote The Widow of Mr. Karnyó for student theatre. The story is quite grotesque, and if we were to interpret it in a realistic way, it would be a horrible story. There is a “tough” crone, who is wooed by two young men, but only for her money. She has a mentally disabled child and her husband is away fighting in a war. Everybody believes he is dead, but later he comes home. In the end, she tries to commit suicide due to lovesickness. There is something of Mother Courage in it. According to Csokonai, the genre of the play is fairytale, because this is how he defined the absurd in the 18th century.
Attila Keresztes