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White Power, Black Memory

DATE   TIME   PLACE
11 December 2016
12 December 2016
  17:00
18:00
  Ludowy Theatre - Main Stage
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Directed by:

Piotr Ratajczak

Author

Marcin Kącki

DURATION

90 min.

Tickets

40/65 PLN

Piotr Ratajczak’s play is loosely inspired by a book by Marcin Kącki. In a collection of provocative articles, the author looks closely at Białystok, a city where numerous cultures and communities have clashed in the past. Poles, Ukrainians, Jews, Tartars and Bielorussians all lived there side by side. Kącki makes a point of depicting the region’s wide and varied social panorama: he talks to local politicians, church representatives, average people living in apartment blocks and even neo-fascists. For this multi-voiced landscape, characterized by anti-Semitism and hatred of anything unfamiliar, Ratajczak creates a theatrical form full of farcical gimmicks and sudden role-changing. Definitely not your typical light entertainment—in fact it leads to uncomfortable questions, avoids easy answers, and stirs up a hornet’s nest in the capital of Podlachia, with its dark and twisted history.

Seven actors masterfully embody a variety of characters, including a prosecutor, a well-respected professor, a sports fan about to face a theatrical challenge, the wife of a man of color and a gay man who finds the Nazi who’s targeting him very attractive. The director leads his cast through humorous, terrifying stories, taking the audience on a wild, performative ride through a land filled with racial prejudice, broken promises and remorse, but also hope and faith that multicultural dialogue and understanding might, against all odds, still be achieved. 

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Team

Directed by/Musical supervision: Piotr Ratajczak

Adaptation: Piotr Rowicki

Scenography and costumes by Matylda Kotlińska

Stage movement: Arkadiusz Buszko

Literary consultation: Marcin Kącki

Stage Manager: Jerzy Taborski

Cast

Justyna Godlewska-Kruczkowska, Aleksandra Maj, Bernard Bania, Rafał Olszewski, Paweł Pabisiak, Piotr Szekowski, Michał Tokaj

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