|8 December 2015
9 December 2015
|National Stary Theatre — Big Stage|
Directed by:Grzegorz Jarzyna
AuthorMarius von Mayenburg
Tickets100 PLN / 60 PLN reduced
Grzegorz Jarzyna’s new play is based on a text by one of the best modern German playwrights – Marius von Meyenburg. The writer, famous for his cold, economical style, takes a closer look here at religious fanaticism and poses questions about its foundations and determinants. Following his lead, the director and team of TR Warszawa, dig as deep as possible not only into the mind “contaminated” with radicalism, but also into the mechanisms responsible for its dramaturgy. The protagonist, Lidka (played by the great Justyna Wasilewska) is a student at a Warsaw junior high school who can’t deal with her budding identity. As a result, she builds a thick second skin made of religious slogans and platitudes, which she starts to believe in blindly. Jarzyna, however, is not interested in a psychological portrait of one individual’s path to fanaticism, but rather in the processes unfolding in her immediate environment – within her family, school and church and their involvement in the dangerous politics of ideological extremism.
The director of Martyrs, contrary to what it may seem at first, doesn’t set out to mock the communities affiliated with the Catholic Church in Poland. His aim is not a simple attack on specific individuals. Instead, together with a perfectly in-sync cast, he shows the repercussions of misinterpreting words from the Bible. This is after all the basis of various movements and ideologies affiliated with religious fanaticism that bring terror to the modern social, political and media landscape.
Directing, adaptation and music adaptation by Grzegorz Jarzyna
Dramaturgy by Roman Pawłowski
Scenography by Monika Pormale
Costumes by Anna Nykowska
Music by Michał Lis, Piotr Lis
Lighting design by Felice Ross
Video by Robert Mleczko