The Juliet Film
International Project Team
Romanian/Hungarian playwright and director András Visky (Hungarian Theatre of Cluj)
Andras Visky—(Director and playwright) Romanian ethnic-Hungarian playwright, poet, and essayist, András Visky is one of the most esteemed contemporary playwrights of Eastern Europe. He is the author of more than a dozen plays, staged variously in Romania, Hungary, France, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and the United States. Juliet premiered in 2002 at the Thalia Theatre in Budapest, where it ran for several seasons. His play Long Friday is a stage adaptation of Kaddish for an Unborn Child by Imre Kertész (winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature), and received awards for Best play and Dramaturgy at the Hungarian National Theater Festival. A recent play, Born For Never, was rated as the best performance of the Festival d’Avignon (France) according to the critics’ votes. In 2009 Visky was awarded the prestigious József Attila Award by the Hungarian Minister of Culture. His 2010 play I Killed My Mother is set in the context of the Romanian orphanage crisis.
Visky is also the associate artistic director at the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj, Romania, and an instructor in the Department of Theatre and Television at the Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj.
Hungarian designer Jackie Triste (Ovekk_Finn)
Jackie Triste is the endlessly reanimated pseudo of the artist Péter Szabó, co-founder of performance-noise band Alergische Platze at the end of the 90s, and the Ovekk_Finn duo in 2004. Jackie Triste is his latest sound solo-project (established 2008), making improvised music using an amplified metal box and guitar-pedals.
American actor Melissa Lorraine (Theatre Y)
Melissa Lorraine (Artistic Director of Theatre Y) became a company member of Studio K in Budapest, Hungary upon graduating from Northern Illinois University in 2002 with a B.F.A. in acting. During that year, she was given the rights to the newly-translated Juliet, by Transylvanian writer András Visky. Three years later she co-founded Theatre Y with director Christopher Markle, and Juliet began her international tour, which has included over two hundred performances worldwide. I Killed My Mother, written by András for Melissa, premiered in Chicago at the Greenhouse Theater (Chicago’s Best Actress Orgie award), and also ran at LaMama ETC in New York in 2012 and was featured on the cover of the New York Times Art Section. In 2010 Lorraine created a second production of Juliet with director Karin Coonrod for Theatre Y at the Royal George Theater in Chicago. Lorraine played Bertha in Exiles by James Joyce, Martha in The Misunderstanding by Albert Camus, and directed the critically acclaimed Vincent River by Philip Ridley in Theatre Y’s summerExiled Trilogy. She played the title role in Porn: 1989. A Butterfly by András Visky, for which she was named one of the 6 stars of 2012 by the Chicago Reader. Last year Lorraine directed Theatre Y’s world premiere of The Binding, a collaboration with two Serbian/Hungarian choreographers which was a cover feature of the Chicago Reader. Recent Theatre Y performances: Euripides’ Medea, Beckett’s Happy Days, Penelope, O Penelope by Simon Abkarian, and Peter Handke’s The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez. She recently directed Glen Berger's Underneath the Lintel and Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertesz's Fatelessness featuring dancer Benjamin Holliday Wardell. This year Theatre Y will create its first film with András Visky featuring Lorraine playing Juliet, and createMacbeth with international sensation Georges Bigot.