|8 December 2015
||Ludowy Theatre - Main Stage|
Directed by:Mikołaj Grabowski
This late play by one of the most famous Polish writers, Aleksander Fredro, is described by the author as a serious comedy in five acts. Directed by Mikołaj Grabowski, who staged the text at the Krakow Ludowy Theatre, the performance becomes a bittersweet drama, full of the outstanding playwright’s characteristic humor and irony, that discusses human foibles with deep understanding and compassion. In the stage world, the game is all about one of the highest but also shallowest values, namely money. The action, as usual in Fredro’s play – takes place amongst the provincial aristocracy, who are full of superstitions and blind faith. The playwright, however, masterfully reveals not only the provincialism of his characters but their motives as well. He also creates a gripping story, with the protagonist, Zosia, a pupil of Mr. and Mrs. Morderscy, turning out to be the daughter of a prominent family with an impressive dowry – which attracts many potential fiancés.
Grabowski skilfully directs funny anecdotes and comical situations taken from Fredro’s play, but also attempts to dig deeper to get to the serious and subliminal intentions in the writing. He creates a performance full of subtext and on-point observations about human nature, juggling the conventions of thrillers, criminal novels and stage comedies, which are notoriously the hallmark of the author.
Direction, dramturgy, musical supervision and stage movement by Mikołaj Grabowski
Scenography by Jacek Ukleja
Lighting design by Mikołaj Grabowski
Stage Manager: Anita Wilczak - Leszczyńska
Prompter: Martyna Rezner
Marcin Kalisz (guest star)