Frank Wedekind


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

Main stage
2h 30' with intermission

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
Lóránd Váta
Count Casti-Piani
Balázs Bodolai
Puntschuch, a banker
Áron Dimény
Madelaine de Marelle
Csilla Albert
Mr. Hopkins
Ervin Szűcs
Kungu Ponti
Ervin Szűcs
Zsolt Bogdán
Péter Árus
Tímea Gyenge
Doctor, policeman
Alpár Fogarasi

directed by
Enikő Eszenyi
set design
Helmut Stürmer
Judit Pusztai
Balázs Csontos
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.