Samu Gryllus

Two Women

Vocal theatre in one part in German, with Hungarian surtitles
Of the generation of composers now in their 40s, Samu Gryllus is the figure closest to the theatre in his mentality. In his works, the implementation on stage usually forms a part of the composition, and thus in his works, it is not only the voices of the characters that are annotated, but their actions as well. The main character of Two Women – a meta-character, because he never appears in person – is himself a theatrical person: the keeper of an opera house's library of music scores and an occasional prompter.
"Well, in his old age, uncle Zsigó has gone mad," is how the work starts. The Brain Centre's tempestuous employees summon up all of their power trying to put order to Zsigó's cavalcade of feelings, desires and thoughts, so that they can understand the causes.

The work premiered as part of the Night of the Theatres event series as a collaboration with the MoltOpera team.
Well, in his old age, Uncle Zsigó has gone mad,” say the reports arriving at the Brain Centre. As this and similar evaluations flow back and forth, the substance of the Brain Centre's assessment looks dire. Because the text makes no bones about the events, nor does it dress them up or in some operatic fashion disguise the reality that they take for reality; quite to the contrary: with unsparingness verging on the raw they present to the brain cells of the analysts of the Brain Centre with what they hold to be an obvious set of facts: which is to say that Uncle Zsigó, in his old age, has lost his marbles and his equilibrium, and could even be said to have gone wild. […]
He's gone mad! He's gone mad!” The words pound through the Brain Centre incessantly. He's gone mad! “But what does this mean, really?” they ask themselves excitedly. “How can this be possible?” the swarming cells of the Brain Centre ask each other in alarm. “How could this have happened? What is the reason for this? And what will come of it? How will it all end?” (excerpt from the novella Suzikins and Silkpuss by Zoltán András Bán)

Zsigó, who tends to the opera house's library of musical scores in addition to working as an occasional prompter, has lost his cheerful disposition. He wanders all over the city and up and down the building he knows so well conducting “private conversations”. He slurps down rotgut in the worst pubs he can find. And all this for a perspiring waitress well below his station? And instead of visiting the opera, he goes strolling in the Zoo? And where was it that he spent a certain night in question?
On this evening, we follow the uncertain steps of this man around the hidden corners of the Opera House that is so important to him, and from the excerpts from the Brain Centre's reports, perhaps the pieces will eventually come together: what happened between Susánka and Zsigó in the Copper Pan? Is there another woman living in Susánka's body and soul? And will Zsigó be able to survive this encounter?


in various rooms of the Opera House
May 6, 2017
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Samu Gryllus
The Employees of the Brain Centre
Benjámin Beeri / József Csapó / Audrey Gábor / Kornél Mikecz / Márta Murányi / Dömötör Pintér / Judit Szathmáry / Eszter Zemlényi
Featured in a spoken role
Viktória Tarpai / Gábor Dióssi


Libretto after the novel of Zoltán András Bán
Eszter Orbán
German text
Anna Bihari
Patrícia Horváth
Set designer
István Rózsa
Costume designer
Nóra Bujdosó
Eszter Orbán

Sept. 17, 2016


2016. September 17., Sat, 23:00
2016. September 18., Sun, 00:30
2017. May 06., Sat, 23:00
2017. May 26., Fri, 23:00