Flowers for Algernon

Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes

Script adapted by Nagy István and Kulcsár-Székely Attila from the novel written by Daniel Keyes



Co-production of Aradi Kamaraszínház Theatre Company and Tomcsa Sándor Theatre, Odorheiu Secuiesc

Charlie Gordon: Kulcsár -Székely Attila

Stage manager: Kulcsár-Székely Melinda
Lights: Cornel Dume
Sound: Dorel Parfeni

Director: Nagy István


The titular Algernon is a laboratory mouse who has undergone surgery to increase his intelligence by artificial means. The story is told as a series of progress reports written by Charlie, the first human test subject for the surgery, and touches upon many different ethical and moral themes such as the treatment of the mentally disabled.

As Charlie's intelligence peaks, Algernon suddenly declines — losing his increased intelligence and dying shortly afterward. Charlie discovers that his intelligence increase is also only temporary. Unable to do anything to prevent the change, Charlie ultimately reverts to his original mental state in a swift reversal of his original growth. He tries to return to his original life and job but cannot stand everyone feeling sorry for him so he decides to move away. His last wish before he leaves is that someone put flowers on Algernon's grave.