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We are looking for sponsors. Please email us here: firstname.lastname@example.org "The Importance of Hungarian Theater in America “Mom, how do you spell TIGRIS EJSZAKAJA?” My son asked me this question last week and caught me by surprise. We had recently attended a showing of The Jungle Book, in Hungarian, here in San Diego. During the show itself, the boys sat with friends and while at times they seemed to be paying attention, they probably spent more time giggling and attempting to whisper every time they heard me or another adult shush them. As many American born children of Hungarians, they attend monthly Hungarian school and can understand daily conversations, but are so rarely exposed to art and culture that they couldn’t pay attention for very long during the show. And as my little one isn’t reading yet, the subtitles in the back didn’t help him any. I swore I would never spend money on theater tickets for them again. Then it happened. I heard them humming a song that sounded familiar, but I couldn’t place. And sitting at the computer one evening, the boys were watching videos on YouTube and I heard my oldest ask me how to spell the title of one of the songs they’d heard in the Hungarian production of the Jungle Book, the same show that Pilvax Players brought to us here in San Diego from New York and Hungary. I spelled it for them and for the next 6 minutes and 15 seconds, they stared at a youtube recording of TIGRIS EJSZAKAJA. I was floored. My boys, who generally spoke to each other in English (though with cute Hungarian accents on some words they’ve only heard in our Hungarian accents), were attempting to sing along, in Hungarian, to a song they’d heard over a week before. And when their grandmother, who’s been with them since birth, recently flew to Hungary & Romania for an extended family visit, my youngest one asked me, in Hungarian, “Mikor megyunk haza, Magyarorszagra? – When can we go home to Hungary?” I asked him why he would call it home, when he was born here. He replied that now all of his grandmothers are in Hungary along with his cousins, and he wants to see the Jungle Book again. It reminded me of when I first saw a Hungarian theater production. I was fifteen, on a summer visit to Hungary, and had the opportunity to see “Istvan, A Kiraly” in an open-air theater on Margit Island in Budapest. It was a spectacular production and my American eyes (yes, I too am an American-born Hungarian) were opened. No longer was Hungarian a weird language that only my family and church & scout friends knew. It was the language of theater, of history, of a public display of pride in bringing to life a story in prose and song. And upon return to the USA, I asked my mom many times when we could go back home to Hungary. THIS is why it is so important to support organizations that bring theater, music and the arts to the US and other diaspora nations. This is why the House of Hungary exists and why our annual membership, donations and attendance at events are so important. So that everyone, especially all of the youth who will eventually grow up to be adults, can experience a love of our language, the opportunity to watch it live and not just on YouTube, and to meet face to face with those who love and support our language and culture. I quickly changed my mind. Not only will I pay for theater tickets again, but I will bring them to as many events as I can. They might fidget, they might complain, but they might just start humming something they heard and repeat phrases they could only have learned in the theater. The Hungarian Theater. In America."
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