In 1948, in the complex social and political constellation of Transylvania, Ernő Szabó’s production of Gorky’s The Lower Depths, with its vivid memory of a war, becomes the most outstanding production of the season, the first in a series of performances that define the image of the Székely Színház. Between 1946 and 1948, Ernő Szabó directed 35 performances at the Székely Színház, and he was extremely familiar with the company’s capabilities. Together with Miklós Tompa, Ferenc Delly, and György Kovács, they were the first to form a directorial quartet and attempt collective creation as a theatrical model in Transylvania, where the performance was the result of debate and artistic consensus.
How to cite:
Theatron 17, 2. sz. (2023): 148–160.
Cím/Title (ENG): Rising from the Depths. Ernő Szabó: The Lower Depths, 1948.
Keywords: Philther method, Székely Színház, psychological realism, Ernő Szabó, collective creation.