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The American and New York premiere of a unique theatrical reading adapted from the world famous novel ‘Fatelessness’ by Nobel Prize-winning Hungarian author Imre Kertész. Kertész’s novel is considered one of the outstanding works of Holocaust literature, performed in the newly opened TheaterLab by Hungarian-American actor Adam Boncz, who has acquired the rights to adapt the novel to the American stage. The collaboration of many international artists such as Greek installation artist Lydia Andrioti, renowned New York director Gia Forakis and András Visky, an award-winning playwright and dramaturg of the Hungarian State Theatre in Cluj/Kolozsvar, Romania will result in an theatrical event that is more than a stage reading.
FATLESSNESS is the story of 14-year-old Hungarian Jewish Köves Gyuri who is sent to Buchenwald in the summer of 1944. In the concentration camp, he loses his childhood in finding starvation, selfishness, sickness and death.  Through the empathy among the other prisoners, Gyuri strives to find happiness in the midst of hatred. Upon Gyuri's return to Budapest a year later, he is left to ponder the impact of his experience alone and deal with his newly given identity.
On the Memorial Day of the Hungarian Holocaust Victims the audience will hear dramatized excerpts from the book during the hour-long performance.

Imre Kertész (Author) is a Hungarian author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2002 "for writing that upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history".
At the age of 14 he was deported with other Hungarian Jews during World War II to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and was later sent to Buchenwald. Kertész' best-known work is the novel Fateless (Sorstalanság). His writings also include Kaddish for a Child Not Born and Liquidation. Imre Kertész was awarded the Brandenburger Literaturpreis in 1995, the Leipziger Buchpreis zur Europäischen Verständigung in 1997, the Herder- Preis and the WELT-Literaturpreis in 2000, the Ehrenpreis der Robert-Bosch-Stiftung in 2001, and the Hans Sahl-Preis in 2002. His works have been translated into numerous languages, including German, Spanish, French, English, Czech, Russian, Swedish, and Hebrew.

Adam Boncz (Performer)
was born and raised in Hungary.  At age 17 he became a company member of Szeged National Theater in Hungary. His Hungarian credits included roles in Richard III, Ferenc Molnar's The Glass Slipper, and a leading role as Arthur Rimbaud in Total Eclipse. Other Szeged National Theater credits include: Fyedka (Fiddler on the Roof), Joey (Lieutenant of Inishmore), Alyoska (The Lower Depths). Adam went on to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York.  New York theatre credits include: Michael Weller's Moonchildren (West End Theater), Hypnotik (Theater for the New City), and Off-Broadway play Neither Heaven nor Earth.  Adam is currently working with International WOW Company (Auto Da Fe, Reconstruction, directed by Oscar-nominee Josh Fox), Hybrid Theater Works and is a Founding Member of Gia Forakis & Company. Film credits include Portraits in Dramatic Time (Lincoln Center), 'The Butterfly Doors 'and 'Looking through Peepholes.'

Gia Forakis (Director, co-creator)
is a Freelance Theater Director, Teacher and Artist. Recent Credits Include: Director and Co-Collaborator of the critically acclaimed, multi-media, opera, SONG FROM THE UPROAR: THE LIVES & DEATHS OF ISABELLE EBERHARDT, Conceived and Composed by Missy Mazzoli (The Kitchen, NYC, Beth Morrison Productions); Selected credits include: LOVE IN SPACE-TIME: A RE-MEMORY IN 12 SCENES, written by Gia Forakis. The critically acclaimed production of THE SEAGULL: A COMEDY IN FOUR ACTS, by Anton Chekhov, (NAATCO, Theatre For a New City, NYC);  BLUE BEFORE MORNING, by Kate McGovern.  Gia holds an MFA from Yale School of Drama in Directing and a BFA from New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Acting Program.  She is a Member of SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society). She is the Founder and Master Teacher of One-Thought-One-Action™ a performance technique for performers, directors and public speakers. She is also the Artistic Director of GIA FORAKIS & COMPANY, a North Brooklyn based theater ensemble of professional theater artists dedicated to the application and development of OTOA™. For more information go to

Andras Visky (Dramaturg)
is a playwright, poet and essayist and the associate artistic director at Cluj-Napoca Hungarian Theatre, Romania. His plays have been staged in several countries including Romania, Hungary, France, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and the United States. He has written numerous plays including  'Juliet', 'Alcoholics' and 'I killed my mother', that premieres at the LaMama Etc. in February 2012. Mr. Visky has developed what he terms a "barrack dramaturgy". Having grown up in an eastern European gulag, he returns again and again in his plays to what it means to be a prisoner and the problem of being set free. He is the recipient of numerous awards including: 2009 - József Attila Award 2007 - Special Prize of the jury of the National Theatre Festival of Pécs,2004  ARTISJUS Award Salvatore Quasimodo Special Award, 1995 - Soros Foundation Award.

Lighting Designer: Sarah Abigail Hoke-Brady

Set Designer: Lydia Andrioti

The main sponsors of the event are: Ronai &Ronai, LLP, Amerikai Nepszava Szabadsag, Andrew Romay

April 16th at 7:30pm, TheaterLab NYC , 347 West 36th street 3rd Floor

Presented by SceneHouse Theater Productions
Admission is free
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