The Maladype Theatre launched its “Crossroads” project in 2011. The program’s main goal is to present artistic directions, theatres and workshops that represent new trends in cultural life, enhance new artistic initiatives, help in establishing new ways of contacts with the audience and foster ties among different countries. That way the European independent theatres are given the possibility to cooperate and establish a network that helps them in creating new meeting points for dialogue and interaction.

The Maladype Theatre has benefited a lot from its international ties: by establishing them it has the possibility to get acquainted with various theatrical troupes, traditions and institutions. We consider our important task also to present new trends, and young talents to our spectators. We invite theatres and performances that can adapt easily themselves to our location and technical conditions.



The characters of Elżbieta Chowaniecz's play are anonymous women, whom the author designates only with numbers. Gardenia is a partial family history: the drama of four generations of Polish women - the oldest was born in 1920, her daughter in 1942, her daughter in 1962, and the youngest in 1982. As they go through almost the entire history of the twentieth century in peace and war, wealth and poverty, their complicated and simple relationships between mother and daughter, grandmother and granddaughter, great-grandmother and great-granddaughter are also revealed.
Gardenia is a dramatic study of a transgenerational model set in a predominantly female universe: the phantom wounds from the family past that we carry embedded in our DNA and that influence our destiny. The point of view here is not related to guilt or responsibility, but to the fact that it is impossible to remove the behavior patterns typical of our family. How do inherited tendencies and learned behavior patterns influence their behavior? Can we become independent from our current social circumstances? Can we remove ourselves from the constraints of family traditions? Elzbieta Chowaniec's highly successful contemporary drama seeks answers to these questions, among others.

The performance was created within the framework of the FabulaMundi Playwright Europe project, co-financed by the European Union's Creative Europe program (2017-2020).

BITEI International Theater Festival, Chisinau, Moldova - 2023
International Festival of Young Audiences, Iași, Romania - 2022
SIBFEST International Theater Festival, Sibiu, Romania - 2019
Elvira Godeanu Theater Festival, Târgu Jiu, Romania - 2019
Journées Théåtrales de Carthage Tunis, Tunisia - 2018
International Theater Festival, Ploiești, Romania - 2018
FEST(in) pe Bulevard, Bucharest, Romania - 2018
FNT National Theater Festival, Bucharest, Romania - 2018
FITO International Theater Festival, Oradea, Romania – 2018

Best performance award - Elvira Godeanu Theater Festival, Târgu Jiu, Romania - 2019
Best Set Award (Constantin Ciubotariu) - FEST(in) pe Bulevard, Bucharest, Romania - 2018
Best Set and Costume Award (Constantin Ciubotariu, Andrada Chiriac) - FITO International Theater Festival, Oradea, Romania - 2018
Best director's award (Zoltán Balázs) - FITO International Theater Festival, Oradea, Romania - 2018

Press coverage:
"In terms of the director's concept, Gardenia is an osmosis of art forms through a captivating performance, balanced acting and representation." - Nicolae Havriliuc, Teatrul Azi

"What the Hungarian director, Zoltán Balázs, and the four dazzling actresses managed to achieve, can be compared to an intensive theater course. Seeing this piece, it becomes clear what it means to have a director's vision and the director in question has a good command of the tools of his trade, is able to find the formula, concept, and structure with which he can build a relationship with his audience with surgical precision." - Razvana Niţă, Acta este fabula

"This excellent performance will not leave you indifferent. The four excellent actresses are used to great effect by the director, who fully undertook the process of breaking the trauma into pieces in this work." - BookHub

"This is not an ordinary production, but a performance that proves that it is possible to do theater in a different way than what we usually see on Bucharest stages." - Claudiu Sfirschi-Lăudat, B-Critic

"The show is fascinating and worth watching more than once." - Natalia Turcan, Teatrul Geneza

GARDENIA - performance of the Odeon Theatre (Bucharest, Romania)
Within the framework of the 10th Theater Olympics, organized by the Maladype Theatre.

Written by Elżbieta Chowaniec
in Romanian, with Hungarian and English subtitles

Director: Zoltán Balázs

Woman I. - Antoaneta Zaharia
Woman II. - Paula Niculita
Woman III. - Simona Popescu
Female IV. - Mădălina Ciotea

Set designer: Constantin Ciubotariu
Costume designer: Andrada Chiriac

Duration of the performance: 75 minutes

Recommended for ages 12 and up!

Place and time: Pesti Theatre, Budapest

25.05.2023, 7:00 p.m

Ticket information: Tickets can be purchased at the ticket office of the Pesti Theater and online at

Pesti Theater - ticket office
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Phone: 266-55-57

Toll-free number: 06 80 204 443