November 18, 2005

Martin E. Segal Theatre, The Graduate Center, CUNY
International / World Theatre Series

An evening with Hungarian playwright

JÁNOS HÁY

Reading of excerpts from his plays

Géza-boy
and

Frankie Herner's Old Man

Performed by members of the Threshold Theatre Company

Translated by

Eugene Brogyányi

Reading directed by

Pamela Billig

Photos: Gabriella Győrffy

János Háy

Welcome by Daniel Gerould and Frank Hentschker

Opening Remarks by Eugene Brogyányi


Géza-boy

Lewie Banda, quarry worker John Michalski
Stevie Herda, quarry worker Michael Etheridge
Aunt Rosie, Géza's mother Eleanor Ruth
Géza, young man with
     autistic tendencies
Brian Voelcker
Neighbor Russell Stevens
Neighbor's wife Pamela Billig
Béla Owen Thompson
Sappy Shân Willis

Aunt Rosie (Eleanor Ruth), Géza (Brian Voelcker)

Neighbor (Russell Stevens), his wife (Pamela Billig)

Géza (Brian Voelcker)

Lewie Banda (John Michalski), Stevie Herda (Michael Etheridge)

Sappy (Shân Willis), Lewie Banda (John Michalski),
Stevie Herda (Michael Etheridge)

Lewie Banda (John Michalski), Stevie Herda (Michael Etheridge)

Scene from A Gézagyerek, Csokonai Theater, Debrecen
István Pinczés, director

János Háy in the audience


Frankie Herner's Old Man

the present:  
Béla Krekács, unemployed man Gerry Goodstein
Lewie Banda, the same John Michalski
Stevie Herda, the same Michael Etheridge
Marie, the mayor's secretary Elizabeth Munn
Joey Papi, rural man Russell Stevens
   
thirty years earlier:  
Béla's old man,
     also named Béla Krekács
Gerry Goodstein
Lewie's old man,
     also named Lewie Banda
John Michalski
Stevie's old man,
     also named Stevie Herda
Michael Etheridge
Policeman,
     Frankie Herner's old man
Owen Thompson
Policeman's wife Shân Willis

Béla Krekács (Gerry Goodstein), Lewie Banda (John Michalski)

Béla Krekács (Gerry Goodstein), Lewie Banda (John Michalski),
Stevie Herda (Michael Etheridge)

Joey Papi (Russell Stevens)

Marie (Elizabeth Munn), Béla Krekács (Gerry Goodstein)

Policeman (Owen Thompson), his wife (Shân Willis)

Scene from A Herner Ferike faterja, Harmadik Theater, Pécs
János Vincze, director


Post-performance Discussion and Q&A with Audience

Discussion Participants:
Nina Király, János Háy, Eugene Brogyányi, and Pamela Billig

 

János Háy was born in 1960 in Vámosmikola, Hungary. He completed studies in Russian and History at Szeged, and in Aesthetics at the Eötvös Lóránd University in Budapest. From 1989 to 2005 he worked as an editor for the publishers Honlap, Pesti Szalon, and Palatinus. His 15 volumes of poetry, stories, and novels, published since the 1980s, have made Háy a widely read and celebrated writer, and the 2001 premičre of A Gézagyerek (Géza-boy), the first of his four plays, marked the emergence of an important new voice in the Hungarian theater. Through their heart-breakingly comic treatment of characters vegetating at the periphery of Hungarian society, Háy's plays illuminate questions that lie at the very heart of the modern human condition.

His plays enjoy popularity not only in Hungary; they have so far also been staged in Germany, Italy, and Poland. Háy lives with his wife and two children in Budapest.

János Háy's works:

Gyalog megyek hozzád a sétáló úton (versek, rajzok - 1989)
Vigyázat, humanisták (versek -1990)
Welcome in Africa (versek, kisprózák - 1991)
Marlon és Marion (versek, novellák - 1993)
Holdak és napok (elbeszélések, versek, rajzok - 1995)
Dzsigerdilen. A szív gyönyörűsége (regény - 1996)
Valami nehezék (versek - 1998)
Xanadu, Föld, víz, levegő (regény -1990)
Közötte apának és anyának, fölötte a nagy mindenségnek (kilenc történet - 2000)
Kotródom el (versek - 2002)
Alfabéta és a negyvennégy rabló (mese, Faltisz Alexandrával - 2002)
A növények hazája (versek, 1990)
Istenek (versek, 1998)
A bogyósgyümölcskertész fia (novellafüzér, 2003)
A Gézagyerek (drámák és novellák, 2004)

(list incomplete)

Nina Király is a theatre critic and historian, her main field of interest is contemporary East European (Hungarian, Polish, Russian) theater. From 1984-89 she collaborated with Tadeusz Kantor's Cricot 2 Theatre. She served as the Director of the Hungarian Theatre Museum and Institute and received the Polish ITI award in 2005.

Pamela Billig is a director and Artistic Director of the Threshold Theatre Company, and has served as the Director of the Brooklyn Arts Council.

Eugene Brogyányi edited and translated DramaContemporary: Hungary (PAJ Publications), Moment of Sincerity: Nine Plays by Géza Páskándi (Polis Books), and contributed entries to the Cambridge Guide to Theatre and the forthcoming Grolier Encyclopedia of Modern Drama. A number of his translations have appeared in Modern International Drama magazine and elsewhere.

The Threshold Theatre Company, founded in 1979 by Pamela Billig and Eugene Brogyányi, is dedicated to presenting international drama hitherto never or rarely available to American readers and audiences. Threshold highlights include the English-language premiere of Diderot's Est-il bon? Est-il méchant?, a three-city tour of Hungary with Géza Páskándi's No Conductor (Kalauz nélkül) in English, and four seasons of the OBIE Award winning Caught in the Act Festival of modern international one-act plays at the HERE theatre, featuring works translated from more than a dozen languages.


Related links:

CUNY - An Evening with the Work of Hungarian Playwright János Háy

Hungarian Quarterly - János Háy: Four Short Stories

Kapcsolódó oldalak magyarul:

Háy János: Xanadu

Ellenfény - beszélgetés Háy Jánossal

Ellenfény - A Herner Ferike faterja

Háy János: Náplyit enni és meghalni
Napló 2005. január 1-től február 14-ig

Beszélő: Háy János verseiről, Kemény István írása