Saturday, September 24, 2016 / 18:00 - 21:00
Lyric comedy in two parts (in Hungarian)
„Shirley Valentine is a one-character play by Willy Russell. Taking the form of a monologue by a middle-aged, working class Liverpool housewife, it focuses on her life before and after a transforming holiday abroad.
Wondering what has happened to her youth and feeling stagnant and in a rut, Shirley finds herself regularly alone and talking to the wall while preparing an evening meal of egg and chips for her emotionally distant husband. When her best friend wins a trip-for-two to Greece, she packs her bags, leaves a note on the cupboard door in the kitchen, and heads for a fortnight of rest and relaxation. In Greece, with just a little effort on her part, she rediscovers everything she had been missing about her existence in England…”
The play premiered in 1986 at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.
The Canadian tour in 2016 is organized by the NAHC:
- September 16 – Hungarian Cultural Centre – Mindszenty Hall, Windsor, Ontario
- September 17 – St. Stephen Hall, Hamilton, Ontario
- September 18 – Kossuth Hall, Cambridge, Ontario
- September 23 – Paraméter Club, Toronto, Ontario
- September 24 – Ottawa Hungarian Community Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
- September 25 – First Hungarian Presbyterian Church, Montréal, Québec
About the Evening
|19:00 —||Willy Russell: Shirley Valentine
Translation by: Ria Julián
Actor: Éva Vándor
Director: Zsuzsa Cserje
|21:00 —||Meet the Artists|
About the Artists
Éva Vándor, the 1976 alumna of Budapest’s Actors Academy, began her career in Kecskemét’s renowned Katona József Theatre. Since, she has graced the stages of Miskolc, Debrecen, and Budapest’s József Attila Theatre. She has been cast as the Hungarian Shirley Valentine in 2009, generating high praises. Ms. Vándor has created 48 theatre roles, and is credited in 10 feature and 28 TV films. She is the proud recipient of the Jászai Mari (1986) and the Tolnay Klári Prises (2014).
Zsuzsa Cserje, having obtained a BA at the premier university of Hungary, has joined the performer workshop of the National Theatre, followed by stints at Kecskemét’s Katona József Theatre, the Art Ensemble of the Army, then the Radnóti Theatre in Budapest. After her studies in Theatre theory, she worked for years as theatre critic at the leading professional review, and as scenario editor/dramaturgist at several theatre ensembles. She began her directing career in 1994, with Shirley Valentine, in Békéscsaba. She has created 14 roles and 23 first performances.
|Éva Vándor: Shirley Valentine – Excerpt 1.||Éva Vándor: Shirley Valentine – Excerpt 2.|
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