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Rats (not translated)

DATE   TIME   PLACE
7 December 2014
8 December 2014
  19:15
19:15
  The National Stary Theatre in Krakow - Chamber Stage

Directed by:

Maja Kleczewska

Author

według Gerharta Hauptmanna

DURATION

120 min.

Tickets

65 PLN / 40 PLN

Maja Kleczewska shifts the action of a classical drama by Gerhart Hauptmann to modern-day Warsaw. It’s the second Polish stage production of this text, after its pre-premiere in 1911. The director, together with her dramaturg, Łukasz Chotkowski, stages another scenario in the circles of middle-class elites who claim the right to reproach and discipline other members of society. Like in the original play, “the weak” who are left on the margins of society are allowed to speak out here, in the hope that it’s still possible to start a social and cultural rebellion of sorts. But the world presented onstage is not easily divided into good guys and bad guys; instead it presents the characters trapped in complicated professional relationships and driven by their own ambitions and desires. Rats not onlyreveals the processes that help discipline the citizenry, but also takes a closer look at how hate speech inserts itself and, as a result, becomes incorporated into everyday language. The creators of the show deconstruct superficial desires and privileged lifestyles; an extra layer of meaning is added by purposely casting actors who are household names in Poland, having appeared in a variety of popular TV shows. 

Team

Directed by Maja Kleczewska

Script by Maja Kleczewska, Łukasz Chotkowski

Dramaturgy by Łukasz Chotkowski

Set Design by: Wojciech Puś

Costumes by: Konrad Parol

Stage manager: Marek Gorzkowski

Production: Zygmunt Hübner Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, Laznia Nowa Theatre in Krakow, Divine Comedy Festival

 

Cast

Karolina Adamczyk, Eliza Borowska, Agnieszka Krukówna, Karina Seweryn, Maria Robaszkiewicz, Tomasz Chrapusta, Michał Czachor, Michał Jarmicki, Mateusz Łasowski

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