Venue and date:
Csokonai Forum, Debrecen
2023. 05. 17., 18:00
New Theatre, Budapest

Wooden Towers

Venue and date:
Csokonai Forum, Debrecen
2023. 05. 17., 18:00
New Theatre, Budapest
Lajos Zilahy
Imre Csiszár
Stage designer: 
István Szlávik
Costume designer: 
István Szlávik
Rita Bártfay

The Wooden Towers - it’s a symbolic title: a symbol of the irresistible attraction and indelible memory of the homeland. The story begins in the summer before the Second World War, when part of Transylvania had just been annexed back to Hungary. Fate thus gives us two homelands, one for the woman, the other for her German-born husband. Zilahy doesn't judge, he just lets his heroes follow the path that fate has set for them. The life of a family is transformed from a loving, teasing, serene milieu into the scene of a struggle between two countries (the whole of Europe)...

Lajos Zilahy's play, which was presented in Budapest in 1943, was accompanied by scandals on the part of the leaders of the time, and was eventually banned. Rudolf Kriegs, a chemical engineer of German origin, lives in harmony and prosperity. He receives an invitation from Germany to return home and put his knowledge to good use on German soil. A fight breaks out between the spouses, the wife refuses to leave, while the husband is tempted by his long-abandoned roots. None of this would be tragic if the horrors of the Great War did not overshadow the family conflict. It is not two people, but two countries fighting, says the wife, because they both know that it means tearing their family apart.

Ottó Viczián
Eszter Timkó
Szilárd Bánföldi
József Incze
György Vass
Wanda Nemes
Sándor Almási
Bernadett Gregor
Péter Báhner
Balázs Bojtár
Balázs Filip
Gyula Kolozs
Runtime: 150 min
Language: Hungarian with English subitles
Acts: 2
Age limit: Nincs
The Director

Imre Csiszár (Budapest, 7 November 1950 - ) Kossuth and Jászai Mari Prize-winning Hungarian theatre director, theatre director, meritorious and distinguished artist.

Between 1971 and 1976 he was a student of directing at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in the class of Tamás Major, where he was also taught by Zoltán Várkonyi and Kálmán Nádasdy. In 1977-1978 he directed at the Szigligeti Theatre in Szolnok. From 1979-1988 he was artistic director of the National Theatre in Miskolc. From 1989-1991 he was deputy director and later director-general of the National Theatre. From 1991-1995 he worked as director of the Budapest Chamber Theatre. In 1994-1995 he was director of the Gyula Castle Theatre. In 1995-1996 he was director of the Művész Theatre and the Thália Theatre. Since 1996 he has been the managing director of Thália Társaság Színművészeti Bt. Since 1999 he has been director of the National Theatre again. Since 2000 he has been director of the Hungarian Theatre of Pest. Guest director of the New Theatre from 2016. Since 2021 he has been artistic director of the Szigligeti Theatre in Szolnok.

Awards and distinctions: 

  • Jászai Mari Prize (1982)
  • Artist of Merit (1987)
  • Phoenix Award (2003)
  • Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (2003)
  • Outstanding Artist Award (2009) 
  • Kossuth Prize (2019)
Inviting Theater
Csokonai Theatre, Debrecen