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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

DATE   TIME   PLACE
10 December 2015
  20:15
  Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków - Large Stage
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Directed by:

Grzegorz Wiśniewski

Author

Edward Albee

Production

Wybrzeże Theatre

DURATION

100 min.

Tickets

40 / 65 zł

In directing Edward Albee’s play, considered to be one of the best American dramatic texts of the 20th century, Grzegorz Wiśniewski had to face not only its legendary theatrical adaptations, but also Mike Nichols’ movie version with its iconic performances by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The director, as well as Theatre Wybrzeże actors, manage to find new meanings and significance in the play. The night after the official party thrown by the dean to inaugurate the academic year, history professor George (Mirosław Baka) and his wife, Martha (Dorota Kolak), a couple of provincial intellectuals, host a little get together with a newly hired Biology instructor, Nick (Piotr Biedroń) and his wife Honey (Katarzyna Dałek). George and Martha are exhausted; years of alcohol-soaked resentments and recriminations come to the surface. A cruel game, full of malice and intellectual sparring, begins to reveal generational differences and to tear down the carefully crafted façade of an outwardly safe and comfortable middle-class life. Dark secrets, complexes and traumas get uncovered and each character takes perverse pleasure in deliberately hurting the others. Wiśniewski sets this struggle in a claustrophobic space, cutting through the tense atmosphere with projections of Mickey Mouse cartoons.

The efficiency of the actors’ technical and emotional moves reveals the mechanisms behind everyday violence directed at the people around us. Wiśniewski skillfully leads his stage quartet, and Barbara Hanicka’s stage design creates a sultry atmosphere, full of hopes and dreams that never came true, channeled into rituals of hurting loved ones.

Team

Directed by Grzegorz Wiśniewski

Play by Edward Albee

Dramaturgy collaboration by Jakub Roszkowski

Scenography by Barbara Hanicka

Music by Rafał Kowalczyk

Stage Manager: Katarzyna Dałek

Director's assistance: Katarzyna Dałek

Cast

Dorota Kolak

Mirosław Baka

Katarzyna Dałek

Piotr Biedroń

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