Don Juan

Writer: Bertolt Brecht
Don Juan

Translation: Júlia Ungár

Director: Sándor Zsótér

Even for those who had never read or seen any Don Juan stories in their lives, the name Don Juan means the tempter, the irresistible type of man. But where does this charm come from? Nice appearance? Gentility? Money? Nice words? Disarming gall? Extravagance? The excitement of sin and viciousness? In Moliére’s and Brecht’s play Don Juan sweeps women off their feet by promising them marriage, so by the opportunity of a virtous, secure and conventional type of life.
This is unabashadly trite. And perhaps this is the secret. He does not have any demonic charm, he just appeals to our desires. He plays on our desire for an adventurous, exciting, and complete life. Brecht turns this round – he does not concentrate on the figure of Don Juan but on the motives that make us create Don Juans. We opprobriate and judge Don Juans, but still draw to them.

On the floor and the ceiling we can see the replica of Salvador Dali’s painting Gala and Dali in the sky. The floral furniture and floor lamp were designed by Gabriella Lukács.

Don Juan: Ákos Orosz
Sganarelle, his servant: Zoltán Lendváczky
Don Luis Tenorio, his father: Norbert Nagy
Donna Elvira, his wife – in the morning: Erika Tankó
Donna Elvira – next evening: Rita Kerkay
Guzman, Elvira’s yardman: Márton Pallag
Pieter, fisher: Márton Pallag
Charlotte, fisher: Rita Kerkay
Mathurine, fisher: Erika Tankó
Marphurius, doctor: Norbert Nagy
Beggar: Márton Pallag
Berthelot: Erika Tankó
Angelot oarsman: Márton Pallag
Colin: Norbert Nagy
Don Carlos Donna Elvira’s brother: Norbert Nagy
Don Alonso Donna Elvira’s brother: Márton Pallag
Angelika and her nanny: Rita Kerkay, Erika Tankó
The Komtur’s statue: Norbert Nagy
Ragotin, Don Juan’s yardman: Márton Pallag
La Violette, Don Juan’s servant: Norbert Nagy
Lord Dimanche, merchant: Márton Pallag
Serafine, Don Juan’s cook: Erika Tankó

Literary adviser: Júlia Ungár
Set design: Mária Ambrus
Costume design: Mari Benedek
Production manager: Katalin Balázs

Opening night: 5 May 2013, Maladype Base

The permission of Bertolt Brecht’s heirs was mediated by Suhrkamp Verlag és a Hofra Ltd.

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