Krum at TR Warszawa - Searching for Meaning
September 5, 2013
Anna Radwan-Gancarczyk and Stanislawa Celinska
TR Warszawa, an innovative, award-winning theater based in Warsaw, opens a new season Sept. 6 with Krum, a play written by Israeli dramatist Hanoch Levin and directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski.
The new staging of Levin’s Krum, directed by talented Polish theater director Krzysztof Warlikowski, is a joint effort by TR Warszawa and the Stary Theater in Cracow. Written in 1975, the play tells the story of Krum, a middle-aged man who returns to his hometown after many years. Awaited by his mother, friends and the entire local community, Krum finds that everybody he meets is lethargic and apathetic. The people try to find meaning in their lives, but all their attempts are in vain. Life in the town follows a centuries-old pattern marked by births, weddings and funerals. Daily routines interspersed with comic and grotesque events are juxtaposed in the play against a backdrop of sickness and death which nobody ever sees coming.
TR Warszawa has for more than 10 years been one of Poland’s most popular theaters and one that welcomes new ideas as well as embracing tradition. The young company is well regarded in Europe and has won prizes at many theater festivals in Poland and abroad. Since 2006, the theater’s general and artistic director has been Grzegorz Jarzyna, known to international audiences for his provocative takes on classic plays and inventive adaptations of challenging contemporary plays.
Sept. 6, 7 and 8, 8:30 p.m.
TR Warszawa, 8 Marszałkowska St.