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All about my mother

DATE   TIME   PLACE
15 December 2016
16 December 2016
17 December 2016
  20:00
18:30
19:00
  Laznia Nowa Theatre — Main Stage
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Directed by:

Michał Borczuch

Author

Tomasz Śpiewak

Production

Laznia Nowa Theatre

DURATION

130 min.

Tickets

40/65 pln

Despite what the title suggests, Michał Borczuch’s play is not a stage adaptation of the acclaimed movie by cult director Pedro Almodovar—although here, as well, femininity and the fascination with it are in the foreground, even when female characters are used to talk about men. Both Borczuch and his frequent collaborator, actor Krzysztof Zarzecki, lost their mothers at a young age. Both of their mothers died of cancer. These two stories and more or less coherent memories from their childhood and teen years become an excuse to reveal the ephemeral and selective nature of memory itself, and to present the thin and fluid line between fiction, highly stylized reminiscences of the past, and so-called “real life”. Incidents involving the two mother figures turn into a nostalgic yet ironic trip backward in time to 80s and 90s Poland. But it’s not the political and cultural transformations of this time period that shape the dynamics of the depicted world, but rather the enigmatic and ambivalent reality of those bygone years, which becomes a shared experience for the actors and the audience.

The rough, industrial space of Łaźnia Nowa Theatre, minimalistic set design by Dorota Nawrot, electrifying, hypnotic music by Bartosz “Pleq” Dziadosz and subtle lighting design by Jacqueline Sobiszewski create an intriguing and mysterious theatrical universe. And the text of the play, dramaturgically developed by Tomasz Śpiewak, surprises with lightness, wit and humor. Even when it discusses weighty matters, including death. But the core of the play are the five actresses who establish its pace and rhythm and give it form. Similarly to Almodovar’s film, it becomes a tribute to womanhood and all those who come to perform it.

Team

Directed by Michał Borczuch

Text and dramaturgy by Tomasz Śpiewak

Set design by Dorota Nawrot

Music by Bartosz Dziadosz „Pleq”

Lighting design by Jacqueline Sobiszewski

Multimedia by Michał Dobrucki

Assistant Director: Agata Klepacz

Cast

Dominika Biernat, Iwona Budner, Monika Niemczyk, Marta Ojrzyńska, Halina Rasiakówna, Ewelina Żak, Krzysztof Zarzecki

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