10 Minutes of Poetry – Lili Monori

Proton Theatre

2023/24 Nebenan Theater Deutschlandpremiere

The new work by Dresden’s well-known Proton Theater is a journey through time and space, past and present, with and about Lili Monori – one of Hungary’s most important actresses. But this time Monori does not play a role. After reciting a poem by Zsuzsa Rakovszky, which actually lasts no longer than ten minutes, she takes advantage of the moment and reveals her true self, or rather her diary entries from 1962, which coincide with both our present and a decisive moment in world history. The thoughts she wrote down that year reflect both the moment she was experiencing and the wishes and dreams of a young girl at the beginning of her career as an actress.

“I discovered the diary I kept when I was sixteen. My grandmother had given it to me. I found what I had written in it on October 27, 1962. I went to a school that taught shorthand and typing, and in the streets of Budapest people stood on big trucks and shouted ‘Hands off Cuba’ and ‘Cuba has the right to live’. And I recorded all that at the time. The newspaper wrote that World War III almost broke out that day. I also wrote that I would no longer be an actress if there was radiation…” [Lili Monori – Új Szó]

Duration: ca. 1 h 10 min
Language: Hungarian with german surtitles

An audience discussion will be held following the piece.

If you buy two tickets for “Nebenan/Mellettünk” events, you will receive a 50% discount on the cheaper ticket (can only be booked at the visitor center and at the box office)

Proton Theater is an independent Hungarian theater group. It was founded in 2009 by film and theater director Kornél Mundruczó and theater producer Dóra Büki. Their aim is to ensure a professional structure for their independently produced theater plays and projects, in addition to maintaining the greatest possible artistic freedom. The performances are mainly realized as international co-productions and have been shown at more than 110 festivals by 2020. Frequent cooperation partners include the Wiener Festwochen, the HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, the KunstenFestivalDesArts, Brussels, the Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest, and HELLERAU, Dresden.

Lili Monori is “perhaps best known from the memorable, award-winning film Nine Months by Márta Mészáros, in which the actress actually gave birth to her own child in front of the camera. She can certainly be described as courageous, but she is of course much more than that. She was a member of the ensemble of the Thalia Theater and the Csiky Gergely Theater in Kaposvár, where she repeatedly explored the boundaries of acting. Then, together with her husband Miklós Székely B. – who sits next to her here in the Iván Fischer Apartment Theater as a kind of silent raisonneur – she founded an experimental theater in a basement in the center of Budapest to stage productions. Recently she has worked with Dóra Büki and Kornél Mundruczó as a member of their Proton Theater.” [Népszava]


Actors: Lili Monori, Miklós Székely B.
Written by: Lili Monori, Endre Ady, Zsuzsa Rakovszky
Concept: Dóra Büki
Technical director: András Éltető
Technician: Zoltán Rigó

With special thanks to: Melinda Domán, Asher Goldschmidt, Dávid Jancsó, Zágon Nagy, Dorka Porogi, Theatron