|11 December 2013
||Ludowy Theatre - Pod Ratuszem Stage|
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Directed by Jarosław Tumidajski and staged by Teatr Ludowy in Krakow, the play is based on a text by the same title by Russian playwright Alexander Mołczanow. Despite what the title might suggest, the narrative contains no act of killing – but the protagonist, Andriej (a great performance by recent The Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow graduate Ryszard Starosta) has to complete a task that could turn into a bloody mission at any time. The young man is indebted to a local petty criminal, and in exchange for a promise that he won’t have to pay it all back he has to collect a bigger debt from someone else. Together with a girlfriend of his “client” named Oksana (played by Patrycja Durska), who’s supposed to guard him so he won’t run away, the young man sets out to get the money back. The director skillfully interweaves the conventions of crime stories and melodrama. The narration of The Killer is also shaped by metaphysical dilemmas and doubts about the existence of God, illustrated by video projections created by Mirek Kaczmarczyk. They do not lead, however, to an ideological retribution and do not stimulate reflections on the nature of crime and punishment, but instead reveal the omnipresent religious kitsch that serves as a substitute for spiritual needs in our age.
Directed and musically supervised by Jarosław Tumidajski
Scenography and videos by Mirek Kaczmarek
Andriej Ryszard Starosta
Oksana Patrycja Durska