Martin Kákoš (1955, Bratislava)

Coming from a lineage of theatre-makers (his father Ján Kákoš was playwright and theatre director, mother Dagmar Kákošová was an actress, and sister Jana Kákošová being a playwright and scriptwriter), Mr Kákoš completed his studies in stage directing under Tibor Rakovský at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava in 1977. He went on to join, as stage director, The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra where he was to spend nearly a decade (1978 – 1987). From 1987 to 1990 he was stage director at the Poetic Company of the Theatre Nová scéna in Bratislava to stage, in première, the plays by Karol Horák Gospel According to Jonas (Záborský) (1987), The Road (1988) or Chingiz Aytmatov’s The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years (1987). In the period of 1990 – 1991 he was artistic director at the Chamber Drama Company within the Theatre Nová scéna. After its closure, he became freelance director. As guest director he collaborated with a number of Slovak theatres (The Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre in Zvolen, The Jonáš Záborský Theatre in Prešov, State Theatre in Košice). His portfolio includes over fifty televised films, productions, documentaries and entertainment programmes (The Black Sheep, 1985; A Ballad About Dead Eyes, 1988; The Birthday of the Infanta, 1991; Witchunt, 1994; Herod and Herodias, 1996; Miraculous Love, 1996), whilst also contributing to many as script writer. Between 1996 and 2006 he was director of the Drama Programming Centre at the Slovak Radio. From 2007 to 2011 he was artistic director at the Bratislava-based Theatre Nová scéna. In the period of 2009 – 2010 he served as the Chairman of the Slovak Television Board and, since 2012 he is member of the Slovak Radio and Television Board. Mr Kákoš is author of a number of stage and radio adaptations and plays.

Martin Kákoš’s signature style:

As young director at The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra Mr Kákoš launched his career with a series of productions of more recent Slovak and world drama (T. Williams, Ö. von Horváth, J. Solovič) and lesser known stage works (V. Kondratiev: Leave after Injury, 1982; Shudraka: The Little Clay Cart, 1983). He earned recognition for his productions of Hviezdoslav’s Herod and Herodias (1983), Shaltenis’ Shoo, Death, Shoo! (1983) and Aytmatov’s The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years (1987). Together with the stage director Jozef Bednárik he was part of the golden era at The Andrej Bagar Theatre, particularly with productions of the works by A. Ostrovsky: Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man, 1980 and Without a Dowry, 1986; Ö. von Horváth: Don Juan Comes Back from the War, 1982; F. L. Baum, D. Kárová: The Wizzard of Oz, 1981; J. Kákošová: Domov bezmenných, 1985).

In his productions he often accentuates rational motivation in human conduct in dramatic situations. His approach to text is always active and creative. From the outset he is particularly interested in drama containing sharp conflict that speaks of the most pressing issues of the day and presents generational statements about contemporary society. Even if not genre-specific, his productions oscillate between comedy and tragedy. Core part of his work lays in classical drama as well as poetic masters (leaning towards poetic realism) that are based on the power of metaphor and multiple meaning (I. Örkény: The Key-Seekers, 1984; A. Wagenstein: Stars in Her Hair, Tears in Her Eyes, 1986; V. Braun: The Great Peace, 1989). In recent years he has been directing original musicals, often also contributing as librettist (M. Kákoš, G. Dušík, M. Sarvaš: Francis of Assisi; M. Kákoš, G. Dušík, P. Uličný: Quo vadis; M. Kákoš, M. Brezáni, Ľ. Horňák: Mata Hari; P. Jaroš, M. Kákoš, K. Peteraj: The Millennial Bee or Ľ. Horňák, M. Kákoš, M. Brezáni: Madame de Pompadour).

 

A list of directorial works – productions:

1977 / Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava / Johann Friedrich Schiller: Marie Stuart

1978 / Theatre Nová scéna, Bratislava / Pablo Neruda: Splendour and Death of Joaquín Muriet

1978 / Regional Theatre Nitra / Tennessee Williams: Orpheus Descending

1978 / Regional Theatre Nitra / Ján Solovič: Watch Out for the Angels

1979 / Regional Theatre Nitra / Ben Jonson: Volpone

1980 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Alexander Ostrovsky: Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man

1981 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Frank Lyman Baum, Darina Kárová: The Wizard of Oz

1982 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Ödön von Horváth: Don Juan Comes Back from the War

1982 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Shudraka: The Little Clay Cart

1982 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Viacheslav Kondratiev: Leave after Injury

1983 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Carlo Goldoni: The Opresario from Smyrna

1983 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav: Herod and Herodias

1983 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Saulius Shaltenis: Shoo, Death, Shoo!

1983 / Theatre for Children and Youth, Trnava / Carlo Gozzi: The Raven

1984 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Cenci

1984 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / István Örkény: The Key-Seekers

1985 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Jana Kákošová: The House of Nameless

1985 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Karel Steigerwald: Foxtrot

1985 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Yevgeniy Schvarts: The Naked King

1986 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Alexander Ostrovsky: Without a Dowry

1986 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Angel Wagenstein: Stars in Her Hair, Tears in Her Eyes

1987 / Theatre Nová scéna, Bratislava / Karol Horák: The Gospel According to Jonas (Záborský)

1987 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Ion Druce: In the Name of the Earth and Sun

1987 / Theatre Nová scéna, Bratislava / Chngiz Aytmatov: The Day Lasts More than a Hundred Years

1988 / Theatre Nová scéna, Bratislava / Karol Horák: The Road

1989 / Theatre Nová scéna, Bratislava / Volker Braun: The Great Peace

1989 / Theatre Nová scéna, Bratislava / Jozef Mokoš, Martin Kákoš: Stolen Time

1990 / Theatre Nová scéna, Bratislava / Jean Anouilh: The Baker, the Baker’s Wife, and the Baker’s Boy

1991 / Chamber Drama Company, Theatre Nová scéna, Bratislava / Jiří Voskovec, Jan Werich: Helenka Likes It or a Straw Hat

1991 / Chamber Drama Company, Theatre Nová scéna, Bratislava / William M. Hoffman: As Is

1991 / State Theatre Košice / Marcel Achard: The Idiot

1992 / Puppet Theatre Žilina / Jozef Mokoš, Martin Kákoš: Stolen Time 

1993 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Alfred de Musset: Don’t Play with Love

1995 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Jozef Cíger Hronský, Marek Maďarič, Martin Kákoš: Jozef Mak

1997 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Ludvig Holberg: Jeppe on the Hill

1997 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Mark Twain, Martin Kákoš, Ivan Vojtek st.: Tom Sawyer and the Others

1999 / Bratislava Puppet Theatre/ Václav Šúplata: An Inflatable Tale

2000 / State Theatre Košice / Yevgeniy Shvarts: Cinderella

2000 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Jana Kákošová, Henrich Leško: Báthory

2002 / The Jonáš Záborský Theatre, Prešov / Ray Cooney: It Runs in the Family

2003 / The Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra / Alan Ayckbourn: Time of My Life

2004 / The Jonáš Záborský Theatre, Prešov / Éva Pataki: Edith and Marlene

2005 / The Jonáš Záborský Theatre, Prešov / Jana Kákošová, Henrich Leško: Báthory

2005 / The Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre in Zvolen / Molière: The Miser

2005 / State Theatre Košice / Thomas Walter Brandon: Charley’s Aunt

2006 / The Jonáš Záborský Theatre, Prešov / Bengt Ahlfors: The Last Cigar

2006 / The Jonáš Záborský Theatre, Prešov / Neil Simon: Odd Couple

2006 / The Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre in Zvolen / Aristophanes: Lysistrata

2007 / The Jonáš Záborský Theatre, Prešov / Nikolai Koliada: Chicken

2007 / The Jonáš Záborský Theatre, Prešov / Martin Kákoš, Gabo Dušík, Martin Sarvaš: Francis of Assisi

2008 / Theatre Nová scéna, Bratislava / Jiří Brdečka, Jan Rychlík, Vlastimil Hála: Lemonade Joe

2009 / Theatre Nová scéna, Bratislava / Martin Kákoš, Gabo Dušík, Martin Sarvaš: Francis of Assisi

2011 / The Jonáš Záborský Theatre, Prešov / Martin Kákoš, Gabo Dušík, Peter Uličný: Quo vadis

2012 / The Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre in Zvolen / Ray Cooney: It Runs in the Family

2013 / The Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre in Zvolen / Henrich Leško, Marek Maďarič: A Poète Maudit

2013 / Theatre Nová scéna, Bratislava / Martin Kákoš, Marián Brezáni, Ľubomír Horňák: Mata Hari

2013 / Theatre Nová scéna, Bratislava / Peter Jaroš, Martin Kákoš, Kamil Peteraj: The Millennial Bee

2014 / State Theatre Košice / Rudolf Shuster: Bocatius

2015 / The Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre in Zvolen / Antonín Procházka: Celebrity s. r. o.

2016 / Theatre Nová scéna, Bratislava / Ľubomír Horňák, Martin Kákoš, Marián Brezáni: Madame de Pompadour

2016 / The Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre in Zvolen / Brandon Thomas: Charley’s Aunt

2019 / The Jozef Gregor Tajovský Theatre in Zvolen / Alfred de Musset: Don’t Play with Love

 

Awards

2007 / Annual prize of the Slovak Literature Fund for theatre for directing the original Slovak musical Francis of Assisi

2009 / Annual prize of the Slovak Literature Fund for radio work

 

 

Videos from productions:

JEPPE ON THE HILL, 1997

archive of the Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra

 

THE HEN, 2007

archive of the Jonáš Záborský Theatre, Prešov

 

THE MILLENNIAL BEE, 2013

archive of the Andrej Bagar Theatre in Nitra

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