\Dream Up Festival 2013

Liselotte in May title

– American Premiere


Written by: Zsolt Pozsgai.

Directed by: Timea Zsedely.

Eszter Kovacs. (assistant director, stage manager)

Roland Udvari. (visual media director)

Miklos Solyom. (visual media director)

Bálint Sapszon. (musical director, composer)

Edina Tokodi (stage and set designer)

Agota Hodi (costume designer, stylist)

Kata Ruzsik (actress) as Liselotte

Chris Kardos (Actor) as all male characters

Zsolt Pozsgai (playwright)

When a lonely woman in her thirties realizes that the years are passing her by without a partner, she desperately tries to get herself a man by various means. Through no fault of her own, each of her prospective partners dies on the first date. It is produced in Europe and now available in this superb English translation. Liselotte in May is a bittersweet absurd comedy about a gentle, lonely heart. This performance and direction will create a radical new interpretation about the text using many innovative technical and performing elements as shadow effects, instinctual sounds, etc. The most important theatrical invention will be showing the effective contrast between the chaotic, surreal language and images of the unconscious dreams and the concrete reality.


Community Theater


Wednesday - August 28 - 6:30pm
Sunday - September 1 - 5pm
Wednesday - September 4 - 6:30pm
Saturday - September 7 - 2pm
Sunday - September 8 - 2pm

Running time: Liselotte is 1 Hour 55 Minutes $15.

Liselotte in May Image

Zsolt Pozsgai is a Hungarian playwright, theatre and film director. He lives in Budapest, Hungary. His first play, Horatio (which takes place ten years after Hamlet dies and continues the story of Horatio), was performed in 1988, since when his dramatic works have been regularly shown at theatres in Hungary. By the end of 2005, his 42 pieces, including tragedies, comedies, farces, fairy plays and plays with music, had been premiered in 54 theatres. Over the last seven or eight years he has directed most of his dramatic works himself. For the last two years he has directed films as well. A number of works have been performed abroad: Red Faust in English at the Bates Theater, Boston, USA; two pieces in German in two consecutive seasons at the summer theatre in Graz, Austria, LISELOTTE IN MAY, and MERRY MADMEN; also in Graz, at the Kellertheater PROPHET WALTZ; and LISELOTTE IN MAY at the Montana National Theatre in Bulgaria and at the Stip National Theatre in the Republic of Macedonia. Most recently, he directed his piece based on a novel by Sándor Márai in the Théâtre de l’Orangerie in Geneva, Switzerland, in the summer of 2005. Mozart and Constanze was played in three cycles at the Kammelspiele in Hamburg in 2006-07-08. Liselotte in May had its premiere in French in the summer of 2007 at the Théâtre de l’Orangerie in Geneva and at the Avignon Theatre Festival, directed by the author. The play has been showing since then. In October 2007 the Varna Opera House presented the musical The Kid in Bulgarian. In 2008 the Chur municipal theatre in Switzerland showed Liselotte in May in German. He has numerous awards including Europe Prize, Szép Ernô Prize for the best new Hungarian Play and Golden Lion Prize as the best dramatist.

Timea Zsedely (director, producer)
Born and raised in Hungary, Timea has been a theatre director and producer since 2011. She is founder and artistic director of Pilvax Players www.pilvaxplayers.com , a Hungarian-American Independent Acting Company for which she has directed and designed international productions of works by contemporary European authors. Her recent productions have appeared in New York, New Jersey and the New England area including a bilingual exhibition performance titled Changing Games in the Trans Art Area Gallery (New York), a theater performance of Contemporary French One Act Plays in the Kraine Theater (New York), a musical theater of a Multilingual Operetta Performance in The Darress Theatre of Boonton (New Jersey), a children theater of a Contemporary Hungarian Children’s Play in the Kraine Theater (New York) and a Contemporary Hungarian Poetry Reading Performance titled Chess Poetics at the Nublu Bar (New York). As founder, Artistic director and educator at Trans Art Area International Educational and Creative Center www.transartarea.com in New York, she has been working on international creative productions for both children and adults since 2007. She is interested in creating interdisciplinary specific, visual and scripted work, and as an independent director engages with artists from all disciplines to create theatre and is inspired by this collaborative process and creative exploration. She holds a PhD degree in Psychology concentrating on Psychoanalysis and Masters of Arts degrees in European Literature, Hungarian Linguistics and Philosophy of Arts from the University of Pecs in Hungary. To discuss possible ideas and collaborations or to send her a script please contact sztimea@aol.com.

Eszter Kovacs (assistant director, stage manager)

Originally an actress, Eszter has appeared in roles such as Raymonde Pouce of L'hiver Sous La Table by Roland Topor, Anne of Big Mistake by Theresa Rebeck, Loureen of Poof! by Lynn Nottage, and the Registered Nurse of The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon. She is one of the founding members of Pilvax Players, a Hungarian-American Acting company, where she has shared responsibilities of both on-stage and off-stage duties. This marks Eszter's unconventional Stage Manager debut, which she is forever grateful for. Special thanks to Timea Zsedely for never giving up, Roland Udvari for being the "reason", and Zsolt Kovacs for always being there.

Roland Udvari - technical director, Light/Sound technician

Roland has been working as a part time light and sound technician since he graduated from the acting program of New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts in 2008. As a technician he has worked with NJSDA’s performance classes and its Black Box Productions, with West New York’s Memorial High School, The Darress Theatre of Boonton, and most recently with the newly formed Rising Curtain Theatre Company. He is currently the resident sound/light technician, and one of the founding members of the Pilvax Theatre Company. (www.RolandUdvari.com)

Miklos Solyom (visual media director)

Miklos is a Hungarian born television and theater director, also working in stage productions. He was a recipient of the American Theatre of Actors' Jean Dalrymple Award as Best Director. Miklos is pleased to participate in Pilvax Player's new production as a visual media director and technical adviser.

Bálint Sapszon (musical director, composer)

Bálint was born in Budapest, Hungary surrounded by music in a family of musicians. His Grandfather was the conductor of the Choir of the Hungarian National Radio for almost 30 years. Bálint was educated in the Béla Bartók Conservatory and the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music where he graduated as a jazz composer and arranger. He studied both classical and jazz composition techniques as well as piano. In 2007 he moved to Los Angeles where he undertook the Film Scoring Certificate Program of UCLA Extension. Since then he has been consistently involved in film scoring and performing in California. His theatrical compositions and arrangements have been performed in Hollywood, Chicago and Budapest as well. He used to be an orchestrator-arranger at the famous “Magyar Szinház” in Hungary. Bálint has received various national and international awards including the Fulbright Scholarship among others. He is the winner of the Hungarian Jazz Composition Contest as well as the Hungarian Contest of Jazz Ensembles. He is also the Secretary of Culture at the Hungarian House in Los Angeles and the President of the Californian American Hungarian Association of Art. His company Budapest Scoring provides quality music recording services in all over the world. www.budapestscoring.com

Edina Tokodi (stage and set designer)

Edina is the founder of Mosstika, a collective of eco-minded street artists dedicated to green guerilla tactics and inspired public art. Mosstika’s installations, animated and playfully, call to mind a more familiar, environmentally friendly state breaking down cold urban norms. Edina who studied graphic design and printmaking at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts has had her works featured in both private and public space world-wide, including: Brick Lane Gallery, London; Lana Santorelli Gallery, Fredericks and Freiser Gallery, New York; NeuroTitan Gallery, Berlin, SEPTA public transit, Philadelphia; Billboard and public sculpture exhibition, Budapest, and a solo exhibition at The Gallery at (Le) Poisson Rouge.

Agota Hodi (costume designer, stylist)

Agota Hodi is a fashion designer and style consultant with deep roots in Europe where she grew up. With a well-rounded training in Cultural Management and Education, fascinated by the rich cultural heritage and fashion history from a young age, she furthered her education by receiving a second degree in Fashion Design and Style Consulting. For two decades, her mission has been to empower women in expressing their femininity. Agota’s flawless and sophisticated creations are harmonious with the character and lifestyle of a modern woman. The woman wearing Agota Hodi designsis defined by simple but luxurious elegance, effortless beauty, and grace. The flawless aesthetic is achieved by using quality natural fabrics, simple, clean forms, shapes and silhouettes in her designs paired with impeccable tailoring, handcraft, modern techniques and technology.

http://www.agotahodi.com/ Email: agotahodiapparels@gmail.com

KATA RUZSIK (Liselotte) started acting professionaly at age 13. At age 16 she won the Best
Supporting Actress Award at the English Drama Festival in Solymar, Hungary. She was working in
the New Theatre in Budapest where she got fer first film role in the 'Ede ate my lunch' written and
directed by Miklos Jancso. In the same year she was working in Shakespeare's The Midsummer
Night's Dream with Sergej Maslobojscsikov who said about Kata: "She is definitely someone whose
success we'll hear a lot about". The following year she got accepted into the Film and Theatre
University in Budapest. During this period she worked at the National Theatre with Róbert Alföldi,
Pesti Theatre with Lucil Malkova, Vig Theatre with Eniko Eszenyi and Orkeny Theatre with Peter
Gothar and Pal Macsai. To mention but a few. Some of her lead roles were Bertold Brecht:Baal
(Sophie Barger), The Jungle Book, the musical (Tuna), Sensual Passion (Mama), Chekhov: The
Cherry Orchard (Anya), Uncle Vanya (Sonya). After she received her Master's in Acting, she
relocated to New York in 2011. Now she is preparing for her lead role in the feature film 'It smells
teen spirit' by Kevin Orosz and preparing her audition for The Actors Studio. Her aim is to be
herself...to be creative...and to learn something new every day.

CHRIS KARDOS (All Male characters) started acting at age seven in his hometown of Budapest, Hungary. After numerous smaller roles in stage productions and operas across Europe, he eventually landed the role of Treplyov in The Seagull at the Budapest Youth Theatre Festival in his senior year. His New York theater credits include Thursdays (Director, Actor) and Wait Until Dark at the ACC (Assistant Director). His film credits include the award-winning short, The Bachelor and after numerous other roles, he played his first lead role in a feature called 1001 Faces last year. His TV credits include Extreme Forensics on Investigation Discovery, BBC's Robin Hood and a pilot entitled Cruel World. He's currently preparing for his Actors Studio audition. His life goal and aim is 'The Work'.



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