09. 27. 2017. 13:56

András Visky's drama in Washington D. C.

The 16th September 2016 saw the Washington D. C. premiere of András Visky’s drama, I killed my mother. The play was directed by Natália Gleason-Nagy with the participation of American and international actors. Erica Chamblee played the lead at the Spooky Action Theatre.

The 16th September 2016 saw the Washington D. C. premiere of András Visky’s drama, I killed my mother. The play was directed by Natália Gleason-Nagy with the participation of American and international actors. Erica Chamblee played the lead at the Spooky Action Theatre.

Chamblee said: "Bernadett is the kind of role that comes along oncein an actress’ career, especially a Black actress’."

After Chicago and New York, the play has now been produced in Washington, D.C. It tells the story of an orphaned Gypsy girl from Transylvania, and is based on a true story. This docu-drama, written originally for two voices and structured in 17 scenes, is played by seven actors for American audiences. Especial attention is paid in the play to both music and movements. The author, who joined the troupe from the 22nd – 30th September to talk to the audience after each performance, said: "The title of my piece attracts scandaleverywhere, though it actually opens the path to forgiveness and acceptance. That, however, has to be reached through the performance itself – words are not enough for that."

Director/producer Natália Gleason-Nagy is directing the productionfor the second time – she was also involved with the London premiere of the piece in 2014. She hopes that after this production, she will be able to stage a contemporary Hungarian drama each year.

The sets and costumes are the work of Zsuzsanna Magyony: "I was very happy when Natália asked me to do this piece. The set consists of a moveable, changeable, and transportable cover, whose various parts fit onto each other like the layers of someone’s personality. The are varied, fractured, they change and connect. The set helps and extends the work of the actors. I used neutral colours, which accentuates its interior effect.”

At the same time as the performance, András Visky’s English-language anthology of dramas, "Barack Dramaturgy", will also be launched at the Congress Centre on the 26th September at 3 p.m. The event will be recorded and made available online.

Further information: https://www.spookyaction.org/current-productions.html

Press: Ildikó Éri, 06 30 639 3737, ildiko.eri@gmail.com