Venue and date:
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
2023. 10. 02., 19:00
Romanian State Jewish Theatre, Bucharest,
10th MITEM

The Book of Ruth

Venue and date:
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest
2023. 10. 02., 19:00
Romanian State Jewish Theatre, Bucharest,
10th MITEM
Mario Diament
Eugen Gyemant

Stage designer: 
Dani Ionescu
Costume designer: 
Eugen Gyemant
Eugen Gyemant

"The play THE BOOK OF RUTH was inspired by my mother's story. My mother was a Polish immigrant who came to Argentina in 1934 to marry my father. Like the legendary Ruth in the Bible, she ended up living among strangers, too. Except for a younger sister who also managed to immigrate to Argentina before the war, my mother lost her entire family in the Holocaust: her parents, an older sister and a brother.

Mother rarely told us about her life in Warsaw or reminded us about her family. The past was too painful to talk about. As is often the case with works of fiction inspired by real events, some events are true and others are made up. More than a biographical sketch of my mother's life, what it tried to convey was the guilt that overwhelms those who escaped the war, but left their families behind. In the play, Ruth suffers from Alzheimer and therefore sees her own distant memories.

That includes the other three versions of her that she doesn't recognize. The only one who gets to see all this is Mother. The piece was originally written in Spanish, but the voices that came to my mind spoke Yiddish. This is why I am so grateful to Maia Morgenstern and The Jewish State Theatre for bringing THE BOOK OF RUTH back to the stage in this strange and wonderful mother tongue – mameloschen.” (Mario Diament)



Ruth - Katia Pascariu
Woman - Natalie Ester
Young woman - Viorica Predica
Little girl - Cabiria Morgenstern
Mother - Mirela Nicolau
Golde - Arabela Neazi
Rozalia - Cristina Cîrcei
Bărbatul / Man - Mircea Dragoman
Policeman, Ice cream vendor, Motke Pipkin - Nicolae Botezatu
Young man (Boris) - Marius Călugărița
Boris - Mihai Ciucă
Max - Darius Daradici
Marek - Andrei Miercure
Ringmaster - George Remeș
Doctor - Nicolae Călugărița
Runtime: 120 min
Language: Yiddish with Hungarian and English subtitles
Acts: 1
The Director
Eugen Gyemant (c) Joseph Marcinsky

2017 PhD in Interdisciplinary studies of Theatreand Film, UNATC (Directorial Universe - Liviu Ciulei)

200 8-2010 - Master’s degree in Theatre Direction, Univ. Prof. Dr. Alexa Visarion, UNATC

2004-2008 - Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Direction, Univ. Prof. PhD Alexa Visarion, UNATC "IL Caragiale"

Directed shows (selection):

"50 Seconds" Daniel Oltean, National Theatre, 2018

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" by Ken Kessey, Andrei Muresanu Theatre of St. George, 2018 (director and set designer)

"Leonce and Lena” by Georg Büchner, Unteatru, 2018

Elise Wilk's "Paper planes", Radu Stanca National Theatre of Sibiu, 2017

"A Midsummer Night’s Dream" by William Shakespeare, Fani Tardini Drama Theater in Galati, 2017

"The Pillowman" by Martin McDonagh, Act Theater, 2015; show awarded at the Martin McDonagh International Festival in Perm, Russia (2018) and ArtOkraina International Festival in St. Petersburg

"Doubt" by John Patrick Shanley, Maria Filotti Theatre, Braila, 2014

"William Shakespeare's Complete Abridged Works", Lipscani Theatre, 2014

"Yom Kippur" by Hanna Azoulay Hasfari, North Theatre Satu Mare, 2014 (direction and scenography)

"How I Learned to Drive”, Comedy Theater, 2013

"Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare, Godot Cafe Theater 2012

"The Golden Calf" by Ilf ̧and Petrov, ArCuB, 2011

"Bullets over Lipscani" by Woody Allen, Godot Cafe Theater 2011

"Spring Awakening" by Frank Wedekind, Small Theatre 2008 (director and set designer)

"Look ̧back in anger" by John Osborne, Comedy Theatre, 2008



Best Performance at the Undercloud Theatre Festival for "The Pillowman," 2016

Best Director, The International Marathon of Independent Theatre - Bucharest Fringe for "Bullets over Lipscani", 2012

Best Director, Comedy Cares about the Young, "Look back in anger" 2008

Literary activity:

"The Drug", short story published in Star of 2001

"Cuento mexicano", short story published in the magazine of the National Literature Festival "Vasile Voiculescu" Buzau 2003

Editor-in-̧chief of the magazine "The Paper Man", "Gheorghe Sincai" Theoretical High-School of Cluj, 2001-2002

Inviting Theater
National Theatre of Hungary, Budapest