Örkény Theatre: Ghetto Sheriff
How can we talk about the biggest trauma of the 20th century, the Holocaust?
According to the renowned director János Mohácsi and his former students, we can do so with the help of jokes and songs, documents from the 30s and 40s, and by reciting them – in pitch darkness.
The texts were selected by János Mohácsi and the actors together, predominantly from personal reminiscences. Texts from the film Shoah by Claude Lanzmann as well as many other sources were used, such as case studies, survivor testimonies, literary works, diary notes, historical sources, official reports and personal collections to evoke the historical period and the mood of the time. The piece was produced in 2012 as a coproduction of Faculty of Arts of Kaposvár University and FÜGE, one of the leading production houses in Budapest for independent performing arts. In 2013, the piece received an award by the Hungarian Association of Theatre Critics for Best Independent Performance and Best Music, and in the same year it was programmed in the Hungarian Theatre Showcase 2013. FÜGE took care of its distribution until 2016, since then it has been regularly presented in Örkény István Theatre. The play was performed in many locations, both in Budapest and the countryside.
This program is presented as part of the Hungary Live Festival.