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Hungarian first night performance 

26 November 2011, 19:30 (post-show talk with the author and translator)
26 November 2011, 19:30 (K.O.– Critical Hour – post-show talk, moderator: Melánia Miklós, critic)
3 December 2011, 19:30
2400 HUF
061 331-0500



photo by Nóra Trokán

The Chowaniec-play was part of the CDF's Staged Reading Programme last year. The company and the director, spurred on by praise from critics and the audience, have decided to stage the play in Thália Theatre, with the Theatre’s support.


Krisztina Urbanovits, Zsuzsanna Száger, Kata Bartsch, Anna Spiegl

Written by

Elżbieta Chowaniec

Translated by

Patrícia Pászt


Róbert Markó

Set and Costume Design

Fruzsina Nagy


Árpád Kákonyi

Directed by


Elżbieta Chowaniec (born 1982 in Kraków) is one of the most successful contemporary Polish playwrights today. She studied film and television, journalism and screenwriting. Later she continued her studies at the Drama Laboratory in Warsaw, led by Tadeusz Słobodzianek. Since its debut, Gardenia, her first play, is one of the most successful plays on the Drama Laboratory’s repertoire.

Pelsőczy Réka was born in 1973 in Budapest. She received her degree in acting in 1998 as a member of Zsámbéki Gábor’s class at the University Of Theatre and Film in Budapest. She works as director, actor and photographer. She has received several Vastaps Prizes and special prizes for her work as actress and director. Presently she is a member of the Katona József Theatre troupe.

How do inherited traits and learned patterns of behaviour influence our behaviour? Can we separate ourselves from the circumstances of society? Can we free ourselves from our family traditions and conditioning?

With biting irony and feminine humour, Gardenia attempts to deal with past and recent events by showing us the lives of everyday women. The drama of four women, of four generations living through the Twentieth Century, fighting for survival and searching for happiness. Though their stories differ, their fates are very similar: dealing with “inherited” family problems from generation to generation, without support, while being buried in their work and trying to find solace in alcohol. The future is in the hand of the youngest woman, who could break this “life model”. But will she be able to start a new life with such an “inheritance”?

Sponsors: FÜGE, NKA, Thália Theatre, ), Fővárosi Önkormányzat „Budapest Kulturális Alap”, NEFMI, Creativ Média Literary Agency, Színházi Dolgozók Szakszervezete, AKI VAN Fund

Media Sponsor: Fidelio, Szinhaz.hu

The performance was made possible thanks to the author’s premission, the support of Thália Theatre and the mediation of Creativ Média Literary Agency.


TRAILER: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8_ABra9Kzo&feature=related