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Hungarian Literary Heritage Workshop: From Madách to the Manhattan Project, The Tragedy of Man Workshop Launch

Friday, March 15, 2024, 5:30 pm - 7:45 pm

The Hungarian Literary Heritage Workshop 2024: Event Registration Suggested, but not required: REGISTER


A full experiential immersion into the globally renowned and highly regarded play The Tragedy of Man, for those of all levels of interest on the subject and the masterwork.  Become familiar with this literature or give yourself time and creative space to increase your expertise and appreciation of it – you choose your own path; we will offer the resources to make it an unforgettable and rewarding experience.

Expectations and Goals

While we read this play at leisure over the course of 6 months, we will engage with numerous interpretations and renditions of film, theater, and music that were inspired by Imre Madách’s The Tragedy of Man. There will be monthly in-person and virtual workshops, film screenings, book talks, and guest speakers discussing topics related to the play and its esteemed writer.

Learn of the significance it played in the lives of “The Martians”, the group of scientists on the Manhattan Project who were of Hungarian origin. We will delve into related concepts explored in modern films such as Oppenheimer, as well as Jankovics Marcell’s animated movie which took over 20 years to complete.

There will be book talks held for every 3 chapters, beginning in Fall 2024.  Upon completing the reading, a 6-week writers’ workshop will be available to create your own additional scene for the play, in the era, civilization, realm, or geography of your choice – OR – if bilingual, you can make a comparative study of the English and Hungarian versions or take on the challenge of creating a new translation of the play with our sponsorship.

Book Club Talks Movie Screenings
Expert Panel Talks Theatrical Stage Screenings
Museum Tours (The Met) Writers & Interpreters Workshop
Cocktail Hours, themed to scenes in the play Musical Interpretation

Workshop Kick-Off Event

March 15, 2024 Commemoration of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution

For this kick-off event, since it coincides with the March 15th Hungarian Revolution Commemoration, we will explore the philosophies and events that molded the mindsets of the notable literary figures of those days in Hapsburg era Hungary, primarily concentrating on Sándor Petőfi and Imre Madách.

Workshop #1 Topic  At Home Video Exercises At Home Reading Exercises
March 2024

Special Guest: Prof. TBC – volunteers welcome!

Friday, March 15


Hungarian House

Martians, Aliens, Outsiders

Effects of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution on Literature: Madách, Petőfi, Arany János explored.

Subject:  How external perceptions propel and affect creative rebellion in societies.


Watch Episodes:

  Freud (Netflix series)  !! Rated MA/R

Watch Movie:

Kincsem / Bet on Revenge

English version available on Amazon

Suggested Readings:

Madács’s Short Bio, and challenges in theatrical renditions.

The young loves of Madách & Petőfi


Sample Reading Material 2

Workshop Participation:

A $15 donation is suggested per workshop, and a $100 donation is suggested to become a member of the 2024 Literary Heritage Workshop Series which will consist of 8-10 events and special neighborhood / museum activities throughout the year.

Suggested Donation: $15/adult/workshop, or $100/adult 2024 annual workshop membership 

(Donations can be made upon arrival or in advance on Paypal.)

Donate (paypal.com)  Please indicate the event name in the note section.

Following the workshop, from 8-9pm, there will be a musical theatre performance by visiting actors from Budapest, Déryné Program. The performance will be in Hungarian and will delve into one of Hungary’s most celebrated poet’s, Sándor Petőfi’s, love-life and his spirited role in the 1848 Hungarian Revolution.

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