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Event date: 28/05/2022, 5:00 PM (1,5 h) Details:

The program is free but RSVP is required to attend

Event place:

Mainstage Theatre
(145 6th Ave, New York)


Living the Dream with Grandma is a lyrical, yet humorous one-man-show about processing third-generation trauma. This unique multimedia piece takes place over a month, in the middle of the pandemic lock-down in Budapest, Hungary, when László Göndör, the 35-year-old author suffering from an identity crisis, moves in with his 97-year-old grandmother, a Holocaust survivor. Over 32 days, the grandmother and grandson try to grasp each other’s pain and trauma, as well as their profound mutual love.

By making use of video and audio documentation recorded during their cohabitation, their conversations are reenacted, demonstrating the deep impact that the Holocaust and its related traumas have had on their personalities and relationship. 

By presenting the gap between the two generations and the loving relationship between them, the piece facilitates the process of understanding and acceptance – both for those who have been through similar life situations and those for whom the topic is unknown.


The text was written and edited by Zsófia Bódi, Kornél Laboda and László Göndör from the documented conversations and recollections of László Göndör and his grandmother, Éva Katona.

László Göndör – Performer, Director, Playwright, Concept

Éva Katona – Performer

Kornél Laboda – Co-director, Playwright, Concept

Zsófi Bódi –  Dramaturge, Playwright, Concept

Alexandra Láng – Audio and Video Editor, Concept

Lili Olga Horváth – Psychologist Consultant, Concept

Márk Bartha – Sound Designer

Gabriella Csoma – Set and Costume Designer

Bence Somoskövi & Bence Kovács- Vajda – Sound Masters

Máté Bredán – Light Designer

Ákos “Papa” Lengyel– Technician

Máté Bartha – Documentary Materials, External Consultant

Tamás Ördög – External Consultant

Zsuzsi Szakács – Production Assistant

Dániel Mayer – Production Manager

Andrea Ausztrics – Creative Producer

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

The production was realized within the framework of the Staféta Program established and supported by the Municipality of Budapest.


Co-production partner: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, Orlai Production Office, Marom Budapest – Jewish Culture 2028

Production partner: SzínMűHely Foundation

Supporters: Füge Production, National Cultural Fund of Hungary, Mozaik Jewish Community Hub, Endre Somogyi


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