About

The only leading Hungarian stage director not based in any theatre, Kornél Mundruczó works mostly for commission and only if he finds a topic which inspires him. During the working process he tries to build a team and often ends up inviting some of the same actors, who become creative partners. It is with them that he devises the productions. With the two productions produced by Krétakör (The Nibelung Residency and Ice) he had a relatively easy task inasmuch as the strongest Hungarian ensemble trained on Schilling were always ready to take the longest leaps and the deepest plunges, as long as they could see the vision of a charismatic director. Which Mundruczó certainly is. His relationship to his cast, however, defies any classic expectations. Unlike an actor-director or a strong ensemble leader, he always seems to treat his performers as his intellectual equals - a true rarity on Hungarian stages.  He provides the emotional dimension through the material rather than through his own person and strikes the observer an exceptionally cool customer when it comes to leading his actors in even the most complex productions in the shortest time anywhere in Europe.

For The Frankenstein Project Mundruczó hand-picked his own team of actors including the former filmstar Lili Monori (the container-owner), who hadn’t been seen outside of her own living-room theatre for decades before. Having her muse for the show Mundruczó then cast Roland Rába, a former Krétakör actor (also in Nibelung, Ice and It’s Hard to Be a God), who plays the film-director’s part and acts as Mundruczó’s right hand when he can’t join the team on a tour. A long casting process preceded the selection of Rudolf Frecska (the monster), a young man of 17 with no theatre experience, but incredible stage presence, who was picked in a youth correctional facility and has since become one of Mundruczó’s key players, taking over Tilo Werner’s role in Ice.

It’s Hard to Be a God  performed in five countries with a team of actors speaking only Hungarian in the show before it first went to Hungary, including Annamária Láng, Gergely Bánki, László Katona, Roland Rába, all former Krétakör actors, as well as Mundruczó’s film-muse, the award-winning Orsi Tóth, Frecska (also in Nibelung and Ice) and János Derzsi, the husband and Kata Weber, the halfwit bride-to-be in Frankenstein.