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Heroes' Square

13 December 2015
14 December 2015
  TVP Kraków Studio S3 Łęg

Directed by:

Krystian Lupa


Thomas Bernhard


240 min.


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On March 15, 1938, on Heroes’ Square, the main square in Vienna, Adolph Hitler declared about the Anschluss Österreichs, or the annexation of Austria by Germany. In Thomas Bernhard play, directed by Krytsian Lupa, 50 years later in a flat close to Heroes’ Square the Schuster family holds a reunion. Professor Schuster, a thinker and a philosopher who fled Nazis and left Austria for Oxford, has been asked by Vienna Mayor to return to his university. However, back in Vienna he sees no other way out except suicide. It is because the situation in contemporary Austria is “much worse than 50 years ago”. Joseph Schuster’s fate in the political drama openly exposes the political, moral and spiritual picture of the situation in Austria. Bernhard’s language, full of poetry and music, is marked by a characteristic principle of form, i. e., a carefully measured overstatement. The art of exaggeration is Bernhard’s instrument in revealing the detailed view of the current-day situation, which makes the audiences laugh and weep at the same time. Bernhard chooses one of his favorite entry points to open the play: death of a protagonist and an investigation of the details that have led to it. As usual in his plays, the death is a suicide. It opens up a mysterious empty space with enigmatic signs, while the family of the deceased are forced to question them. In Heroes’ Square this model is exploited to a much exaggerated extent. Krystian Lupa, directing the play, draws the audience attention to the nuances, cultural and social meanings of each and every scene and, as usual, creates a tremendous play.

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Photograph by Dmitrij Matwiejew / Lithuanian National Drama Theatre



Directed by Krystian Lupa
Dramaturgy by Thomas Bernhard
Scenography by Krystian Lupa
Costumes by Piotr Skiba
Music by Bogumil Misala
Lighting design by Krystian Lupa
Video Projections and Creative associate: Łukasz Twarkowski
Directors assitants: Giedrė Kriaučionytė, Adam A. Zdunczyk
Project Manager: Vidas Bizunevičius


Valentinas Masalskis
Viktorija Kuodytė
Eglė Mikulionytė
Arūnas Sakalauskas
Eglė Gabrėnaitė
Rasa Samuolytė
Toma Vaškevičiūtė
Doloresa Kazragytė
Vytautas Rumšas
Neringa Bulotaitė
Arūnas Smailys