The theater saga of Eger continues


According to the Mayor of Eger, Ádám Mirkóczki, Balázs Blaskó became unworthy of leading the Géza Gárdonyi Theater with his behavior at a committee meeting on Monday. The conflict is not new, the municipality tried to replace the director last year, risking 300 million in state support, HVG wrote. The Mayor of Eger issued a statement announcing that he had initiated the dismissal of Balázs Blaskó from the position of director of the Géza Gárdonyi Theater in Eger at the Ministry of Human Resources. According to Mirkóczki, Balázs Blaskó despised the memory of actor Csaba Kelemen, the posthumous honorary citizen of the city, after whom the studio stage would have been named. According to the mayor’s report, the current director argued against the renaming that Csaba Kelemen had previously endangered the lives of the members of the company by concealing his illness. “If Csaba Kelemen survives, I should have been immediately disciplined and prosecuted by the police,” said Blaskó, who, according to Mirkóczki’s report, said that Csaba Kelemen would “most likely” on October 2, when he was already ill, but he refused to see a doctor so that it would not turn out, but he had been ill for a long time, he also infected Secretary of State Péter Fekete ”. A conflict arose last fall over the theater’s director’s candidacy and the appointment of the director, which our newspaper wrote about in detail. Seven people applied for the position, including Csaba Kelemen, who died before the decision. For a long time, it was the case that Balázs Blaskó, the current director, openly accepting his pro-government sympathy, would not run for the post. Then he got into a fight, even though the city administration indicated he sees serious problems with the theater. Artur Szőcs, the director of the National Theater in Miskolc, had a chance at the post, with the government side making a gesture, not sticking to “his own man”. However, instead of gestures, the ideologically reliable director also won in Eger. On October 29, 2020, the municipality elected Artur Szőcs as director, but in the end Mirkóczki overturned the decision and still entrusted Blaskó with the management of the theater. The mayor mentioned open blackmail and explained the decision by saying that if Blaskó is not the director, six hundred million will fall from the municipality, as the state will also withdraw its support from the theater. (Culture)

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