|12 December 2013
||National Stary Theatre - Main Stage #Helena|
Directed by:Radek Rychcik
ProductionContemporary Theatre in Szczecin
In his latest play, staged at the Współczesny Theatre in Szczecin, Radosław Rychcik explores the theme of the sources and origins of fear in a beautiful and multifaceted way. The mystery of Laura Palmer returns here, combined with familiar images from horror movie classics such as The Exorcist, The Shining and the cult TV show Twin Peaks. Rychcik’s original script for the show takes the audience on a tongue-in-cheek journey into the imagination, finding a Hollywood story centered on the devil and images of evil. The director references pop-culture representations of evil, trying to get to the essence of the cruelty that’s deeply-rooted in conemporary art. By cleverly playing with the conventions of television shows from the 90s as well as legendary thrillers and horror films, the director deconstructs the myth of Americanism and its fascination with aestheticized violence. The titular devil, who in various embodiments will wipe out three different stage exorcists, is no longer the universal symbol of evil, but rather a demon of the popular imagination, who depends upon and is fueled by his representations in the media.