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Juli Jakab, Árpád Schilling and Éva Zabezsinszkij
based upon actors’ improvisations

Pansion Eden



Árpád Schilling

Opening night

15 December 2018


115 minutes

Zagreb Youth Theatre, Croatia


Director Árpád Schilling
Translator Xenia Detoni
Costume designer Marta Žegura
Composer Nina Perović
Interpreter Kata Gyarmati
Lighting designer Aleksandar Čavlek
Sound designer Miroslav Piškulić
Producer Ildikó Ságodi
Stage manager Petra Prša

Hrvojka Begović
Katarina Bistrović Darvaš
Zoran Čubrilo
Dado Ćosić
Petar Leventić
Edvin Liverić
Filip Nola
Urša Raukar
Rakan Rushaidat
Doris Šarić Kukuljica
Mateo Videk
Tina Orlandini

Pansion Eden tells a story about dreams, fears and desires of a family trying to make the ends meet in time of war and capitalist domination. Some of its members have engaged in foul play and tried to cover their illicit activities. As Schilling was preparing his project in Zagreb with his co-authors Juli Jakab and Éva Zabezsinszkij, they found the inspiration in a terribly disturbing criminal case in Hungary which was impending a court verdict at the time. It is a story of 71 refugees who were left to suffocate in a refrigerator truck by a ring of human traffickers who understood perfectly well that such a vehicle was not suitable for transportation of people. But did they feel responsible, and if so, to what an extent? When family secrets begin to emerge in Pansion Eden, and the family members are forced to admit what they have done, their lies, fears and desires surface alongside the facts on abuse of power, corruption and their religious beliefs. Pansion Eden is Árpád’s Schilling’s first theatre direction in Croatia.

Slovenian and English surtitles

Followed by a post-show talk at the Drama Forecourt.