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As Years Go By, As Days Go By [Where is Pepi?]

15 December 2017
  Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Kraków - Large Stage

Directed by:

Agnieszka Glińska


Agnieszka Glińska


200 min.

Agnieszka Glińska returns to the iconic, seven-hour play by Andrzej Wajda, staged at the National Stary Theatre nearly forty years ago. The monumental piece, as well as the television series based on it, was an effort to take a closer look at the thinking and cultural accomplishments of the canonical artists from the Young Poland era at the turn of the twentieth century, as well as the local bourgeoisie. In addition to Bałucki, Boy-Żeleński, and Przybyszewski—the prominent figures of that time—who discuss the meaning of art, the prose of life and their own body of work, the director introduces the character of Gabriela Zapolska as a counterbalance to their male, patriarchal discourse. Zapolska was not only an actress and playwright but also an activist fighting for women rights, fearlessly preaching a revolutionary new morality. Dialogue spoken by the historical characters is juxtaposed with fragments from their acclaimed texts, which are acted out on stage, including the seminal “The Morality of Mrs. Dulska”. But there’s much more to this artistic melting pot and collage than just the fun and games of looking for signifiers of the Krakow middle class; the scope of the piece stretches beyond mere theatrical reconstruction.

Glińska adds the personal story of her great grandmother to the play—the titular Pepi Weiss, a Jew from a wealthy middle-class family who was killed in a Nazi death camp during World War II. She appears in pictures and anecdotes recounted by the director herself, casting a painful shadow over the struggle between Krakow’s artists and philistines and reminding us of the painful history of the city, which was not only a cultural center, but also a kind of metaphorical graveyard. The director takes the audience on a theatrical walk alongside the famous artists, but doesn’t forget the tragic dimension of art created here—as well as the existence of social groups other than the privileged middle-class.


Adapted and Directed by Agnieszka Glińska
Set design by Agnieszka Zawadowska
Costumes by Magdalena Maciejewska
Choreography by Monika Pelczyńska
Dramaturgical consultation by Hubert Sulima
Lighting design by Jacqueline Sobiszewski
Music/Musical Arrangement by Mateusz Bieryt, Modest Ruciński
Multimedia by Antonina Benedek
Assistant Director: Szymon Komarnicki (PWST)
Stage Manager: Anna Wójcicka
Linda Hop Consulting: Tomasz Przytycki


Małgorzata Biela, Hanna Bieluszko, Pola Błasik, Zuzanna Czerniejewska (gouest star), Agnieszka Glińska, Dorota Godzic, Marta Konarska, Agnieszka Kościelniak, Anna Tomaszewska Karolina Wasilewska (guest star), Katarzyna Zawiślak-Dolny, Mateusz Bieryt (guest star), Krzysztof Piątkowski, Sławomir Rokita, Modest Ruciński (guest star), Łukasz Simlat (guest star), Marcin Wojciechowski