Frank Wedekind

Lulu

Original text (1894); Cluj script (2019) by Enikő Eszenyi and Róbert Vörös
Hungarian translation: András Forgách

Lulu
Éva Imre
 
Schigloch, Lulu's father
Áron Dimény
 
Dr. Goll
Attila Orbán
 
Dr. Franz Schöning, editor in chief
Miklós Bács
 
Alwa Schöning, writer
Loránd Farkas
 
Eduard Schwarz, painter
Gábor Viola
 
Countess Martha Geschwitz
Imola Kézdi
 
Rodrigo Quast
Loránd Váta
 
Count Casti-Piani
Balázs Bodolai
 
Puntschuch, a banker
Áron Dimény
 
Madelaine de Marelle
Csilla Albert
 
Mr. Hopkins
Ervin Szűcs
 
Kungu Ponti
Ervin Szűcs
 
Jack
Zsolt Bogdán
 
Bob
Péter Árus
 
Kadéga
Tímea Gyenge
 
Doctor, policeman
Alpár Fogarasi

directed by
Enikő Eszenyi
 
set design
Helmut Stürmer
 
costumes
Judit Pusztai
 
lights
Balázs Csontos
 
dramaturg
Róbert Vörös
 
original music by
Dávid Mester
 
director's assistant
Alpár Fogarasi
 
costume assistant
Gyopár Bocskai
 
stage manager
Enikő Albert, Réka Zongor
Date of the opening: 6 September 2019

"I cannot be anything other than a woman when you are around me."

The young painter is commissioned by an influential secretary of state to immortalize his new wife, Lulu. Left alone, the painter and his model get into a dangerously sensual game...

This is how Frank Wedekind's play Lulu begins, the story of the rise and fall of an orphan girl found on the street. Lulu becomes the object of petty male desire, hopping from bed to bed, climbing the social ladder with every single new marriage she enters...

The author's shocking depth of human knowledge, his insolent humor, sprinkled with scandalous eroticism, transforms the story of a woman's destiny into an extraordinary production, just as thrilling as a detective novel. The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj presents the play based on its original version.

“Wedekind digs deep and brings horrible things to the surface. Reading his work, I am amazed that he was able to survive its creation. As a translator, I feel physically ill every time I go through the scene with Jack the Ripper, or when I witness Puntschuh's despicableness, Casti-Piani's meanness, Alwa's suffering, Schigolch's stench, Geschwitz’s torment, or Schöning and Schwarz's collapse into their own whirlwind.”

András Forgách: Frank Luluja [Frank's Lulu], in Gonosz siker [Wicked Succes], Magvető Publishing House, Budapest, 2000.