Mayor István Tarlós has asked theatre manager designate György Dörner not to employ writer István Csurka as artistic adviser at the Új Színház because the mayor “has been threatened by the people of billionaire philanthropist George Soros”, Csurka claims in a long statement he issued on Thursday.
Csurka said Soros “remains a big power in Hungary; threatening, terrorising, speculating and deciding people’s fates on issues affecting press freedom and censorship.”
Csurka said he had never intended to become intendant at the theatre, as his appointment is only symbolic, adding that he only wants to be present in the theatre “through his thoughts and experience, by practically floating above the water”.
Tarlós said in a terse statement that he respects Csurka as a playwright but that his statement is incomprehensible. “He clearly does not understand what this is all about,” Tarlós wrote.
Dörner responded by saying he had not thought of employing Csurka as he had also considered the far-right playwright’s role as merely an intellectual presence.
“The fact that I am depicted as a devil is a sordid thing, and the fact that they speak of a Nazi, Arrow Cross and fascist theatre, is a shameful slander,” Dörner added.