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Morphine

DATE   TIME   PLACE
10 December 2015
  17:15
  Laznia Nowa Theatre — Main Stage
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Directed by:

Ewelina Marciniak

Author

Szczepan Twardoch

DURATION

135 min.

Tickets

SOLD OUT

Based on the acclaimed novel by Szczepan Twardoch, which won Politika’s Passport Award, Ewelina Marciniak’s play by the same name offers a fresh and revelatory vision of Polish history. In this slapstick/vaudevillian performance, identity dilemmas are confronted with the experience of World War II, but most of all with everyday reality soaked in alcohol and drugs. The protagonist, Konstanty Willeman (Paweł Smagała), a Warsaw native with Silesian roots, struggles with the everyday, walking a path of cultural and political turbulence, a bit tipsy. This unfaithful husband, cynical bastard and morphine addict tries desperately to find his way back. To the rhythm of songs stylized in the pre-war manner, performed live by the band Chłopcy Kontra Basia, Marciniak plays with cliché-like, schematic slogans around national symbols, crushing Polishness, Germanness and Silesianness together, creating a unique cultural melting pot that smashes any strict framework of coherent political and social constructs.

The play, produced by the Silesia Theatre in Katowice, lets some fresh air into a Polish Theatre where particular discourses around memory and history have gotten played out over the course of the last couple years. Juggling many different conventions and mashing up elements of drag shows, Weimar cabaret and dramaturgically bold scenes taken straight from the circus, the point here is not to criticize national myths and unpack them. Instead, Marciniak proposes a captivating theatrical tale, comprised of criminal, melodramatic and comedic ingredients which originate from low-culture forms, which every crowd loves.

 

AFTER THE PLAY ON DECEMBER 10TH AT 17:15 WE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO THE MEETING WITH THE AUDIENCE IN KLUB KOMBINATOR (OSIEDLE SZKOLNE 25) AROUND 19:30.

Team

Directed by Ewelina Marciniak

Dramaturgy by Jarosław Murawski

Scenography by Katarzyna Borkowska

Costumes by Katarzyna Borkowska, Paula Grocholska

Music by Chłopcy Kontra Basia (Barbara Derlak, Marcin Nenko, Tomasz Waldowski / Michał Heller)

Choreography by Dominika Knapik

Lighting design by Katarzyna Borkowska

Make up: Wioleta Krysiak, Teresa Melek

Stage Manager: Marcin Całka

Cast

Paweł Smagała

Natalia Kalita

Agata Woźnicka

Anna Kadulska

Natalia Jesionowska

Violetta Smolińska

Artur Święs

Mateusz Znaniecki

Bartłomiej Błaszczyński

Karol Huget

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