|9 December 2015
||Laznia Nowa Theatre — Small Stage|
Directed by:Maciej Podstawny
ProductionLaznia Nowa Theatre
Tickets40 PLN / 25 PLN reduced
Maciej Podstawny’s play, produced by the Łaźnia Nowa Theatre, depicts the vivid and complex world of the Beat Generation, which established cultural and counter-cultural trends in the 40s and 50s. The title of the show refers to the famous poem by Allen Ginsberg, one of the leading representatives of the movement, in which he paints a moving portrait of his generation, confronting its ideals of artistic freedom with merciless rules of consumption. The director, remembering the crucial, formative roles of other members of this artistic group, like Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs and Gary Snyder, offers a critical assessment of the attitudes of these iconic figures of modern American literature, exposing their collusion in a patriarchal system in which women were seen only as attractive trophies to be won. At the same time Podstawny looks for direct links to the present in this historically and culturally long-gone era, and reflects on the phenomenon of hipsters, who were portrayed for the first time in Beat Generation books as beatniks.
Howl is a theatrical musing on the ideological legacy of this rebellious movement. The director, together with his actors, not only shows the boundless energy and desire for social change characteristic of the beatniks, but also tries to evoke a similar rebellion against the current state of things. The audience gets a chance to look into the counter-cultural mirror that reflects the stage world with all its trappings, but also a familiar everyday reality that doesn’t seem any more progressive than the reality which the Beat Generation revolted against.
AFTER THE PLAY ON DECEMBER 9TH AT 15:00 WE WOULD LIKE TO INVITE YOU TO THE MEETING WITH THE AUDIENCE IN KLUB KOMBINATOR (OSIEDLE SZKOLNE 25) AROUND 17:00.
Directed by Maciej Podstawny
Dramaturgy by Zuzanna Bojda
Dramaturgy by Dorota Semenowicz
Scenography by Kaja Migdałek
Music by Anna Stela, Paweł Paczesny