Living the Dream with Grandma

László Göndör & Éva Katona

2023/24 Nebenan Performance

László Göndör suffers an identity crisis when he moves in with his 97-year-old grandmother Éva Katona, a Holocaust survivor, in the middle of the pandemic lockdown in Budapest. For 32 days, grandmother and grandson try to understand each other’s pain and trauma and express their affection for one another. The initial rift between their generations develops into a process of understanding and acceptance. In “Living the Dream with Grandma”, conversations between the two are recreated on the basis of video and audio recordings. The result is a poetic and humorous solo that conveys the profound effects of the Holocaust right up to the third generation.László Göndör studied applied economics in Budapest before going on to study acting, dance and theater directing in the USA and Indonesia. His works are known for their cheeky and ironic playfulness, for balancing entertainment and taboos, for mixing trash aesthetics and conventional beauty. In 2020, he won the Staféta Prize, a program to support the most promising young Hungarian theater makers.

Duration: ca. 1 h 30 min
Language: Hungarian with german surtitels

Following the performance there will be an audience discussion

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)

László Göndör studied applied economics in Budapest before going on to study acting, dance and theater directing in the USA and Indonesia. His works are known for their cheeky and ironic playfulness, for balancing entertainment and taboos, for mixing trash aesthetics and conventional beauty. In 2020, he won the Staféta Prize, a program to support the most promising young Hungarian theater makers.

Performer, Director, Playwright, Concept: László Göndör
Co-director, Playwright, Concept: Kornél Laboda
Audio and Video Editor, Concept: Alexandra Láng
Sound Designer: Márk Bartha
Sound Masters: Bence Somoskövi & Bence Kovács-Vajda
Technician: Ákos “Papa” Lengyel
External Consultant: Tamás Ördög
Production Manager: Dániel Mayer 
Performer: Éva Katona
Dramaturge, Playwright, Concept: Zsófi Bódi
Psychologist Consultant, Concept: Lili Olga Horváth
Set and Costume Designer: Gabriella Csoma
Light Designer: Máté Bredán 
Documentary Materials, External Consultant: Máté Bredán
Production Assistant: Zsuzsi Szakács
Creative Producer: Andrea Ausztrics 

Special thanks to: Ádám Fekete, Tamás Turai, Dániel Daoud, Rozi Szeleczki, Leta Popescu, Péter Hajmási, Zoltán Ásmány, Nelli Orbán, Katalin Farkas, Zsuzsa Bánkuti, Ómama Antikvitás

Photography: Gergely Ofner