Lem vs. P.K. Dick
|13 December 2020
The performance Lem vs. P.K. Dick directed by Mateusz Pakuła and produced by Łaźnia Nowa Theater is based on the biographies and works of two literary giants, pioneers of science-fiction: Stanisław Lem, a Polish SF genius and Philip K. Dick, a visionary and an unchallenged king of global SF literature.
Works of both authors have been adapted into films and plays. Both continue to inspire artists, writers, directors and provoke one to ask difficult existential questions. Few know, however, that the writers knew each other. And though they kept up lively correspondence, they never managed to meet in person. Why did the two writers' friendship by correspondence turn into hatred, which resulted in Dick's famous denunciation letter to the FBI? He argued in it that Lem was in fact not a writer, but a composite communist committee who commanded a conspiracy against the United States. Polish SF books were intended to poison the hearts and minds of American citizens by smuggling Marxist propaganda in disguise. Was the whole misunderstanding due exclusively to money?
Text and direction: Mateusz Pakuła
Set design and costumes: Justyna Elminowska
Lighting design: Paulina Góral
Music: Antonis Skolias
Voices from off stage: Małgorzata Gałkowska, Łukasz Lamża, Szymon Mysłakowski, Zuzanna Skolias i Mateusz Pakuła
Stage manager: Marcin Stalmach
Tomasz Schuchardt, Jan Jurkowski