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Kalkstein / The Black Sun

DATE   TIME   PLACE
5 December 2015
6 December 2015
  18:00
18:00
  Laznia Nowa Theatre — Main Stage
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Directed by:

Joanna Grabowiecka

Author

Julia Holewińska

DURATION

150 min.

Tickets

50 PLN / 30 PLN reduced

The play Kalkstein/The Black Sun is based on the true story of Ludwik Kalkstein-Stoliński, a Pole of German descent who was a Home Army soldier decorated with the Cross of Valor – but also a Gestapo agent responsible for giving Stefan Grot-Rowecki away to the Germans, as well as a collaborator of Secret Political Police, an informant on people associated with the democratic opposition and Radio Free Europe. He was also a womanizer, a habitual liar, an alcoholic, the anti-Wallenrod of the 20th century, a novelist, a screenwriter, and the writer for the popular swashbuckling TV show Black Clouds. This play is the story of a man who wanted fame and heroism but became the biggest traitor in the history of the Polish underground forces and post-war Poland. Ludwik Kalkstein is a reverse Polish Super Hero. For the creators of the play, his life, over the course of the 20th century, is a starting point to reflect upon Poland and the fluidity of such concepts as patriotism, heroism and treason.
In Julia Holewińska’s play, the audience is confronted with Poland in World War II and then under communism, but also in the 17th century and in modern times. Time and again, Poland presents itself as filled with pride, courage and verve, but also provincialism, treason and superstition. Kalkstein/The Black Sun invites the audience on a wild ride through Polish history and the present day, from statues to cesspools, through a world where ideals fight with the dark side of the sun.

Team

Directed by Joanna Grabowiecka

Text by Julia Holewińska

Scenography by Mirek Kaczmarek

Music by Maciej Zakrzewski

Stage movement by Magdalena Koza

Director’s Assistant: Tomasz Wiśniewski

Stage Manager: Krystyna Fudyma

Cast

Matylda Baczyńska

Karolina Gibki

Natalia Kalita (guest star)

Rafał Fudalej (guest star)

Małgorzata Wojciechowska (guest star)

Ireneusz Pastuszak

Andrzej Plata (guest star)

Bogdan Słomiński (guest star)

Tomasz Wiśniewski

 

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