Csiky Gergely (1842-1891)
Csiky Gergely, playwright, was born in Pâncota on the 8th of December 1842 to a noble family of Armenian origin, whose ancestors can be found from mid-eighteenth century on the land of Arad. In 1843, the Csiky family moved to Arad, following the appointment of his father (a doctor) as director of the Hospital of Arad. From 1951, Csiky Gergely is a student at the Minorite Gymnasium in Arad, being a brilliant student. After high school, he goes at the Theological Seminary in Timișoara and becomes a Catholic priest. He is appointed professor at the Seminar and, at the same time, starts writing plays and novels, playing successfully on stages in Timisoara and Budapest. He must terminate his career as a priest, gets married, then moves to Budapest where he devotes to theater.
He would have a brilliant career as a playwright, father of modern Hungarian drama. The songs are built on French dramatic technique (E. Augier, V. Sardou, A. Dumas-son). The most important novels and plays are translated in Romanian: Proletarians (1880), Buborek Family (1884), Mess with gewgaws (1881), Atlasz Family (1889), Sponsorships (1891). He wrote essays and translated from Greek, Sophocles, Plautus etc. He dies on October 19, 1891 and is buried in Budapest. As a sign of his merits, several cultural institutions bear his name. At Pâncota, in 2002, The “Gergely Csiky Association” was established, with the aim of keeping the playwrights memory among the younger generation. At his parents’ house on Tudor Vladimirescu Street no. 47, there is a memorial plaque was placed by Kölcsey Association of Arad in 1906.