Csaba Mokány – Csaba Mokány’s performances – engraved with capital letters in the golden book of the Hungarian theatre in the Highlands
Born on 25 June 1978, Csaba Mokány in Fülek. On 23 January 2022, almost all Hungarian newspapers reported that Csaba Mokány, an actor from Fülek, died at the age of 43 after a long and serious illness. He started his career in the Zsák Theatre in Fülek, when he played the title role in Péter Fekete Péter.
He played the title role in Péter Fekete Péter. Csaba Mokány started his career there in the 1999/2000 season. After graduating from the Academy of Drama in Bratislava, where he studied for a semester in Budapest, he studied at the University of Theatre and Film Arts (in the class of Imre Csiszár) and also acted at the Thália Theatre in Kassa. In 2006, he played Cleante in Moliere’s The Miser, directed by the former director of the National Theatre.
He has acted and directed for independent theatres and has been responsible for the visuals
He has acted and directed for independent theatres and has been responsible for the visuals. Csaba Mokány has worked at the KoMod Theatre and other alternative companies. His directing credits include PsychoAn/n/alysis, The effects of gamma rays on daisies, Gyévocska go Singapore.
He was very influenced by foreign festivals and theatrical styles. Csaba was inspired by the work of the Polish, Russian, English and Berlin theatre workshops. He loved European films, his favourite directors being Pedro Almodóvar, Anders Thomas Jensen, Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, Xavier Dolan. He loved fast-paced, cinematic theatre, with short cut scenes.
“If he’s bored for more than a minute, he loses interest, he needs something to happen all the time, something with a thought, a message and good humour.” He has found his theatrical self in a more cinematic type of honest acting, where the most important thing is thought, with lots of humour. “I’m an experimental type, I try to come up with things that no one else has thought of, but I’m running out of options… I’m usually caught by deep acting with excellent directorial creativity, when thought, feeling and form meet. The catharsis for me is when you can enjoy a performance on many levels!”
It’s always been the idea, the belief in experimentation, that has been most important to her
“He was born at a lucky time, because when he was developing his talent as an actor, the Bag Theatre in Fülek, led by István Mázik, was about to celebrate its 20th anniversary and was presenting a series of legendary performances. Józsi was the waiter Gabriella Mede’s Reward Play, Örkény’s Cat Play, he also played with him in the Palóc Cabaret of the Naughty Palóc, and Mázik cast him in the title role of Peter the Black.
Peter the Black was such a success that it not only blew the walls of the Vigadó apart, but József Kiss Péntek, who took over the Jókai Theatre in Komárom at the time, immediately signed him on. He was the Kalmár in Miklós Tóth’s Csongor és Tünde, the era-opening production of Tóth’s Csongor and Tünde, but he also played in The Puss in Boots, The Sons of the Man with a Heart of Stone, and the Kid directed by István Mikó.”
At the Mihály Tompa Mihály National Competition in Rimaszombat, often referred to as the Tombika, he returned several times to perform with Károly Tóth, Ági Jókai, Ottó Culka, Ottó J. Péter Havasi as a jury member.
He returned to Fülek as a professional actor in the summer of 2010
He returned to Fülek as a professional actor in the summer of 2010 to play the role of George, the main character of his life, in the production of Meetings. Before that, he had been played by stars such as Richard Burton, Miklós Gábor, András Bálint and Loránd Lohinszky. He has also appeared in small film roles, in the 2013 TV film London Rendezvous, in the movie Argo 2, and in the short films The Carp and Vacation.
After his tragic death at a young age, both the Jókai Theatre in Komárom and the Thália Theatre sent a message of farewell.
KOMÁROM JÓKAI THEATRE
Csaba Mokány, an actor and director from Fülek, has died at the age of forty-three.
Csaba Mokány began his theatre career at the Jókai Theatre in Komárom in the 1999/2000 season, after graduating from the Bratislava Academy of Drama he worked mainly in Hungary, returning to theatres in Hungary for a few roles (he appeared in Molière’s comedy The Miser at the Thália Theatre in Kassa in 2006).
At the KoMoD Theatre in Budapest, he has worked as an actor, director and even set and costume designer for a few productions.
Your memory will be kept alive!
DIVADLO THÁLIA THEATRE
“No rush will tell, What my soul has hidden anyway: Someone has gone without life, Someone gone who was here.”
May God rest our beloved colleague, actor and director CSABA MOKÁNY (in the photo: Molière: The Miser, with our actress Kornélia Nagy. Director Imre Csiszár m.v., 2006)
His colleagues remembered him with the following words.
Dear Csaba, my great accomplice!
But we laughed so much into the night in Pest, how many hours we spent analysing poems, how much we argued about Romeo and Juliet…
I will miss you so much!
You know that I don’t usually write such stupid obituaries, but now, for once, I feel I have to write down how important what you knew was. Csaba, you had such a different approach to poetry, you grasped the point, so differently than everyone else. You could give better instructions to those who came to you with questions, including me. Whether it was theatre, literature or life, you were someone to talk to.
You helped me a lot in difficult moments in my life. Thank you for being with me, for always knowing that your jokes and messages would make me laugh. It’s nice to be able to read back on messenger all the birthday greetings, all our shenanigans. You’ve kept my mind occupied, kept me from feeling sad.
Thank you for teaching me how to drive on the highway
Thank you for teaching me how to drive on the highway, I hear that certain “instructing” voice of yours every time I see a truck. And of course sorry about your gearshift, which I ruined and then my Uncle Joska fixed the same day, but really sorry!
And the picture is because I had one taken in the same place with Dad and Yoska. We were the only ones left in the hotel in Rimaszombat for Sunday morning. All the judges had already left Rimaszombat. It was pouring with rain and I was sad that I hadn’t had time to go to Blaha Lujza after many years when I returned to Tompika. Of course, you, who were always my accomplice, were immediately available for a walk in the pouring rain. You walked out with me so we could repeat the photo this time, just the two of us. Because you knew how important it was to me.
Thank you for everything!
You would look at me with that big grin and say, “Jucus, come on! “, and I’m crying. And if I asked you a question that you needed to think about, you’d just take your chin in your hand to make it easier to think and say the answer. Honestly, as always. If we spoke years later, it would seem like days. We always picked up where we left off.
I will miss you Csabi…. And now don’t grin and hold your chin, because you don’t have an answer 😢…. And look, he is smiling though.
This is how I keep you Csaba Mokány 💙
Today we said goodbye to our friend Csaba Mokány.
Csabi, we owe you a lot. It is hard to find words.
You are our director, our actor, our friend, our partner.
Your laughter that fills the room will always be with us.
We love you ❤️
Csaba Mokány’s performances – engraved with capital letters in the golden book of the Hungarian theatre in the Highlands – and his cheerful, loving character will be kept in our memory. “ – Wrote János Juhász Dósa on ma7.Sk.