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Remembering the Good Old Times: A Prison Monologue

Special Guest Performance based on István Eörsi's work

August 26, 2017 | 7 PM
Hungarian House of New York


The Hungarian House of New York is hosting a very special guest performance of Remembering the Good Old Times (Emlékezés a régi szép időkre). Honoring the legacy of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Örkény István Theater of Budapest has staged István Eörsi's memoire on his years in detention in form of a 'Prison Monologue'. The play was directed by Csaba Polgár and will be performed by Hungarian actor István Znamenák in its native Hungarian language with English subtitles.

 

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Late author, poet and journalist István Eörsi has served in prison between 1956 and 1960, punished innocently by the Socialist regime for his activities during the times of the Revolution. He was able to publish his memories only at the end of the Eighties in form of a fascinatingly honest book. This 'prison memoire' provides both personal accounts of the revolutionary events and the subsequent conceptual litigation. Eörsi speaks about the key figures and the unknown personnel of the era with insight and irrepressible irony, just as on himself, the condemned writer.

About the Lead Actor

István Znamenák
is is a Jászai Mari-award laureate Hungarian actor, director and stage designer. Born in 1966 in Budapest, he has graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest in 1991. Between 1991 and 2010, he was a member of the Csiky Gergely Theater in Kaposvár, also the director of the theater in the Season of 2007/2008. Between 2010 and 2013, he was a member of the Hungarian National Theater, onwards 2013 he is a member of the Örkény István Theater. He has debuted in more than 103 plays and directed more than 42 performances. Highlights include roles in Shakespeare's most known plays and lead roles in Ibsen's Peer Gynt and An Enemy of the People.

 

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