|10 December 2018
||Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Krakow — Main Stage|
Directed by:Jędrzej Piaskowski
ProductionTeatr im. Juliusza Osterwy w Lublinie
Tickets65 / 40
Embarking on the staging of a classical drama by Anton Chekhov, the authors of the play declared a return to the author’s original assumptions. For the play has frequently been staged against his intentions, as a sentimental drama from the provincial spheres.
Jędrzej Piaskowski uses clichés borrowed from that styling to ridicule it. The curtain, hardly ever seen these days, goes up and we see a dance with a samovar. The purposefully anachronous appearance of Natasha at the beginning marks a return to the past, in fact warning against the relapse into the “the only true and exact narrative”.
The production emphasises the critical look at the social and political situation and radical objection to hypocrisy, idleness, and foolishness of the elites failing to understand the gravity of their social functions and ensuing duties, so characteristic of Chekhov. Drown in the banal emotional problems, the playwright’s protagonists excuse with the plans never made real, and the empty platitudes about the value of labour and social equality. They consent to own fecklessness and, especially women, being pushed into the enforced conventions that are ridiculed also on the plane of theatrical ones.
It would be impossible to overlook the historical context of the 19th-century tsarist Russia, occupying Warsaw, as indirectly mentioned in Chekhov’s plays. The elites slumber through their time, when the censorship is spreading, and governments become ever more despotic.
Director: Jędrzej Piaskowski
Author: Anton Chekhov, translated by: Agnieszka Lubomira Piotrowska
Dramaturgy: Hubert Sulima
Sets and Lights Director: Aleksander Prowaliński
Costumes: Hanka Podraza
Choreography: Katarzyna Sikora
Music: Jan Tomza-Osiecki
Magdalena, Sztejman, Edyta Ostojak, Lidia Olszak, Jolanta Rychłowska, Daniel Dobosz, Wojciech Rusin, Maciej Grubich, Paweł Kos, Daniel Salman, Janusz Łagodziński