Squat Theater founder Balint dead at 64

Dec. 2, 2007 at 6:03 PM

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Hungarian writer Stephan Balint, who founded New York City's Squat Theater, has died of pneumonia in his native land at the age of 64.

After beginning his theatrical career in Budapest, Balint and many of his fellow performers relocated to New York and founded the Squat Theater, The New York Times reported Sunday.

It was in the United States that Balint changed his first name from Istvan to Stephan, but continued to embrace both his native land and his new home through their respective works.

"He succumbed to the joys of Archie Bunker with the same pure and hearty enthusiasm as to the novels of Franz Kafka," his daughter, Eszter Balint, said.

Balint died Oct. 11in Budapest after a prolonged bout of pneumonia.

The Times said in addition to his daughter, Balint is survived by his son, Gaspar, and a grandchild.

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