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Let Me Tell You a Story
August 2, 2010   
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What was going on inside the heads of the children caught up in the fighting in 1944? Children from the realm of fairy tales full of dragons and witches were suddenly thrown into a nightmare world where their worst fears had suddenly become reality? Let Me Tell You a Story, directed by Paweł Łysak, will premiere at the Warsaw Uprising Museum on midnight Aug. 1. The play, written by Paweł Sztarbowski, is an adaptation of tales by Zofia Lorentz and of the recollections of children who witnessed the uprising taken from the Museum’s Oral History Archives. On one level, “Let Me Tell You a Story” tries to look at the uprising through the eyes of children but this reality has a layer of fairy tale and myth superimposed. What we see are apparitions and a topsy-turvy world where cruel fairytales mask an even crueler reality.

“The survivors are still alive. But, as the years roll on, the only remaining witnesses of the uprising were children at the time. They didn’t understand what was going on and had to have it explained when they grew up,” says Łysak. “Now that the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the insurgents are being born, the events of August ’44 are becoming a story common to all those children—they’re becoming a mythological story, a fairy tale story. This is how life triumphs over death.”

After its premiere on Aug. 1, the play will be staged every day in the Warsaw Uprising Museum’s B52 Liberator Hangar at 10 p.m. until Aug. 5.

Register online at www.1944.pl/rejestracja to purchase tickets.
For more information, go to www.1944.pl
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