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The Marriage

DATE   TIME   PLACE
11 December 2017
11 December 2017
12 December 2017
  17:00
21:00
21:30
  Malopolska Garden of Art (MOS)
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Directed by:

Anna Augustynowicz

Author

Witold Gombrowicz

DURATION

120 min.

Tickets

65/40

Anna Augustynowicz stages the classic play by Witold Gombrowicz with her typical aesthetic asceticism, bringing to the surface the metaphysical dimensions of the text. She condenses and shortens it; the actors from the Jan Kochanowski Opole Theatre and the Contemporary Theatre in Szczecin are directed in a way that makes it impossible to hide behind masks, or, more specifically in this context, Gombrowiczian faces. Instead, the audience witnesses the iconic fight between Henryk (Grzegorz Falkowski) and the Drunk (Arkadiusz Buszko) in a way that reveals symbolic layers created by the staged reality. We’re trapped inside the dream of the main character, who desperately tries to get control—not so much over his own existence, but more so to dig down into the meanings of things and find the philosophical purpose of being. The director perversely reaches for the meta-theatrical aspect of the whole dramaturgical situation, and also reflects on the inherent potential and destructive power of Gombrowicz’s wonderfully poetic lines when rendered on stage.

The set design by Augustynowicz’s frequent collaborator, Marek Braun, is painfully minimalist. A couple of chairs, a grey wall, small stairs and a confessional—or to be fair, its contours—comprise the entirety of the sparse stage universe, built on a couple of different levels. The story: the dreams, longings and fears of Henryk. The structure: the staging itself and its design. The ontology: the material presence in the theatrical “here and now”. “The Marriage” stays true to the brilliant spirit and thinking of the literary original and once again epitomizes the unique and consistent adaptability of its director.

Team

Directed by Anna Augustynowicz
Scenography by Marek Braun
Music by Jacek Wierzchowski
Lighting design by Krzysztof Sendke
Costumes by Wanda Kowalska

Cast

Arkadiusz Buszko, Grzegorz Falkowski (guest star), Joanna Matuszak, Grzegorz Młudzik, Michał Świtała, Jędrzej Wielecki, Magdalena Żak/Magdalena Maścianica

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