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Cat on a hot tin roof by Tennessee Williams

Katona József Theatre, Kecskemét

 

Tuesday, 6 December, 8 pm

Kecskemét

95 minutes without a break

Performed in Hungarian with simultaneous English translation

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Photo: Sándor Ujvári

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Performed by:

Pollit Margit - Nóra Trokán

Brick Pollitt - János Szemenyei

Mae Pollitt - Gyöngyvér Bognár

Pollit Ida - Teréz Csombor

Dixie Pollit - Kata Kertész

Robert Pollit - Viktor Nagy

Gooper Pollit - Péter Szokolai

Dr. - Gyula Kovács

Tooker pásztor - Kata Kertész

 

Dramaturg: Júlia Ungár

Set designer: Mária Ambrus

Costume designer: Mari Benedek

Music: Szabolcs Mátyássy

Prompter: Éva Ba

Stage manager: Zoltán Berki

Assistant to the director: János Vári

Directed by: Sándor Zsótér

Date of first night: 13. November, 2015

 

 

WHO? Sándor Zsótér is an outstandingly talented Hungarian director with a grippingly unique form language. He also acts sometimes. Zsótér is said to be a pioneer of postdramatic theatre, but is he truly? Following his famous Brecht cycle, now he keeps staging the well-known American classics. He showcases these plays on the Hungarian stage, both popular and despised, believed to be to too light at times, as truly honest, sometimes painful stories.

WHAT? The characters of Tennessee Williams’s play live in the cobweb of lies and secrecy, in a state from where there are only two ways out: one is through alcohol, the other through death. One of them claims that they are not even living together, only sharing a cage, the other believes that if someone has to die, it doesn’t necessarily make the person more compassionate with the ones staying alive, but quite the opposite. The characters try to forget, ignore the problems, because they believe that if they can keep their private and joint problems a secret, they will also be able to get rid of trouble.

WHY? The American family drama in Zsótér’s rendering shows us a suffocating world, while the new translation creates a bridge between the misery of the Mississippi delta and the characteristic Hungarian swamp.  All events of the play take place in the slightly oversized bedroom of Maggie and Brick, where, even though they try everything to close the doors and pull the curtains, everybody comes and goes through the large window openings, spanning from ceiling to floor, to take a peek inside – and, in Zsótér’s interpretation even to frolic about – in the private life of the young couple. The fairly well-known story here speaks not only about the possibility or impossibility of changing one’s environment, but it is also extremely interesting how Zsótér reads gender roles and stereotypes, the portrayal of otherness and of the psychoses of the characters.