As part of the Hungary Live Festival, the first Hungarian Theater Festival in New York, Searching Hands will have its US premiere. Searching Hands is part of the Summer Shares at La MaMa makes theatre spaces available to artists for non-curated productions.
George Konrád, the writer of the text of this special "concert theater," is one of the well-known figures of contemporary Hungarian literature. Konrád's prose begins at that notorious Wannsee Conference, where cool, calm, and sober gentleman decide the fate of the European Jews and their actual destruction. Konrád seeks the answers to the questions: how do we become killers of our own kind? What brings a man to destroy another? Meanwhile he shares stories about his childhood: how he witnessed, as the sky first became grey in his hometown, then turned black, and how obscurities, peculiar coincidences, timings, and travels back and forth saved his life eventually, while his relatives almost became victims of that dark age.