Marton Endre: Death of a Salesman, 1959.

Context of the Performance in Theatrical Culture

Ever since the illness of Gellért Endre, the repertoire of Nemzeti is continually disrupted by tense situations. The complex, entangled ideological and professional hierarchy between Marton Endre, Várkonyi Zoltán and Major Tamás sometimes results in creative inspiration, at other times in political conspiracies. In the post-revolution power games of cultural policy, the potential of Major,...

Dramatic text, dramaturgy

The fact that Timár József’s death was connected to the performance strengthened the interpretation that they were depicting the micro-environment of the everyman’s everyday troubles on stage. But looking at the broader currents of theatre history, it becomes clear that this performance began the narrative on the impossibility of living, that lasted for decades. The...

Direction

Reviews call the direction realist in 1959, they cannot call it anything else. The conferences of the Alliance of Hungarian Theatre and Film Artists, the realism-debate and the luridness-debate all centre on modes of constructing reality. Although Brecht’s guest performance inspired Major Tamás years ago, and didactic and realistic performances offer the illusion of modernity,...

Acting

Loman’s entry is a slow, doddering walk over ninety seconds, from the right back corner of the stage, and as he first steps into the spotlight, the light falls on his enormous salesman’s cases, his face is in shadow. This always-closed case defines the performance’s visuals and leads it towards symbolic interpretations that don’t exactly...

Sight and Sound

When he directs, Marton Endre forms the dramatic space into theatrical space with ease, he has been creating the spatial plans for his performances himself, from his earliest works. The designs of Hincz Gyula follow his idea both in its static solutions and its material nature; it shrinks the great stage of the Nemzeti to...

Impact and posterity

The progress of the performance’s aesthetic impact is made unclear by the obligatory political-professional relationships. Countless reviews, pre-marketing materials, interviews, talks, remembrances, memoirs, analyses are published about the premier of Death of a Salesman, a lot of them already in 1959. The newspapers Hajó-daru, Kazán, Közért, Kalapács – Ganz Újság, Ikarus, Fonómunkás, Rokka, Hajóépítő (all...