Imitation of life

Imitation of life
Opened: 27th April 2016 Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest
Running Time: 1 hrs 30 mins
6 June 2017 at 20:00
Platonov Arts Festival
Teatralnaya ul. 17., 394036 Voronezh, Russia
7 June 2017 at 20:00
Platonov Arts Festival
Teatralnaya ul. 17., 394036 Voronezh, Russia
16 June 2017 at 22:00
17th National Theatre Festival
Expo Center, Megyeri street 72., 7631 Pécs
6 June 2017 at 20:00, Platonov Arts Festival, Teatralnaya ul. 17., 394036 Voronezh, Russia
7 June 2017 at 20:00, Platonov Arts Festival, Teatralnaya ul. 17., 394036 Voronezh, Russia
16 June 2017 at 22:00, 17th National Theatre Festival, Expo Center, Megyeri street 72., 7631 Pécs

An executor arrives to evict a single woman from her Budapest flat, but an unexpected twist prevents him from carrying out his plan. Meanwhile, the pitiless fellow is forced to examine his own conscience, and it becomes clear that the derelict flat hides dark secrets which the new tenants must face...


Do we choose our fates, or are our lives predestined? The characters live an imitation of life; a life of ingrained habit far removed from the political situation of the moment. The performance is made up of two duets, two side-notes from a margin of society where injustice is the unwritten law.


Kornél Mundruczó's new production is both poetic and provocative and breaks new ground for Proton Theatre.

From the reviews

"Kornél Mundruczó’s hyper-realist masterpiece." ( - Austria)

"Kornél Mundruczó, renowned Hungarian director of stage and film, surprises us with his performance entitled Imitation of life. Instead of the accustomed violence and provocation onstage, he offers quiet and intimate glimpses into the fates of individuals." (Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany)

"The face as a battleground, the rented flat as a microscope, the stage as a magnifying glass – the theatrical art of Kornél Mundruczó, born in 1975, reflects out societal relations on a small scale, using sharp outlines. This makes Imitation of life a poetic and political event in one." (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany)

"In a time where establishing one’s identity is increasingly important, Mundruczó has crafted a theatre production that address these questions: Are we able to sever our family roots? Can we deny our background? Is it possible to create an identity tailored to suit us? Imitation of life presents a young man’s desperate attempts as he strives for a better life." ( - Austria)

"The excellent set, designed by Márton Ágh, is convincing in every portion of the play. Its rotation, which gives rise to chaos and disorder, is a graphic metaphor for this restless and chaotic period, in which many of our lives are turned upside down when firm points of reference are lost." (

"This is the theatre of material and life’s game that moves one to tears." ( - Germany)

"Lili Monori and Roland Rába bring their struggle for the flat to life. They are a captivating duo. (…) It is hyper-realism verging on satire." (Wiener Zeitung - Austria)

"Mundruczó Kornél and Budapest’s Proton Theatre have succeeded in creating a political zeitstück that is uncommonly dense and significant. After the lights go out, the audience sits for minutes in silence before rewarding the director, the spectacle and the actors with lengthy applause." ( - Germany)

Festival invitations

-Wiener Festwochen 2016. Vienna, Austria
-Theater Oberhausen 2016. Germany
-Wiesbaden Biennale 2016. Germany
-HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts 2016. Dresden, Germany
-HAU Hebbel am Ufer 2016. Berlin, Germany
-NEXT Festival 2016. Lille, France


-Best stage design: Márton Ágh - Hungarian Theatre Critics Award 2016.

Mrs. Lőrinc Ruszó - Lili MonoriMihály Sudár - Roland RábaVeronika Fenyvesi - Annamária LángSzilveszter Ruszó - Zsombor JégerJónás Harcos - Dáriusz Kozma / Ruben Gerendás
Márton Ágh
Márton Ágh, Melinda Domán
András Éltető
Written by
Kata Wéber
Soma Boronkay
Asher Goldschmidt
Assistant director
Margit Csonka
Kornél Mundruczó
Dóra Büki
Production manager
Zsófia Csató
Production assistant
Ágota Kiss
Technical director
András Éltető
Light technician
Zoltán Rigó
Sound technician
Dániel Hidvégi
Stage master
Benedikt Schröter
Prop master
Tamás Fekete
Melinda Domán

Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, Austria; Theater Oberhausen, Germany; La Rose des Vents, Lille, France; Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg / Scène européenne, France; Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest, Hungary; HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Germany; HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts, Dresden, Germany; Wiesbaden Biennale, Germany


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