Sarah Kane’s “4.48 Psychosis at TR Warszawa
October 8, 2013
TR Warszawa, an innovative, award-winning theater based in Warsaw, is staging Oct. 11 -13 “4.48 Psychosis” a play by British playwright Sarah Kane.
Co-produced by TR Warszawa and Teatr Polski in Poznań the play premiered in February 2002. It has no explicit characters or stage directions. The play's main subject is clinical depression, a disorder from which Kane suffered. She killed herself after writing the play, before its initial performance.
“Everyone, whether they like it or not, must face pain and despair, which are usually avoided in everyday life, and of which we try to forget. Such scenes take place behind closed doors of apartments and hospital wards. The actors of TR Warszawa impudently open these doors to say „Validate me/ Witness me/ See me/ Love me". 4.48 Psychosis is a test to contemporary theatre. Can we see a person, not an actor on the stage? Can we notice a genuine pain behind lines of text, which make up literature? Is theatre simply an instrument of peeping at others, or does it give us more than the convenience and safety of a peeping Tom? The performance directed by Jarzyna leaves these questions open to us,” writes Roman Pawłowski in Gazeta Wyborcza daily.
The cast: includes Magdalena Cielecka, Katarzyna Herman, Mariusz Benoit, Rafał Maćkowiak, Janusz Chabior
Oct. 11, 12 (with English subtitles) and 13 7.00 p.m.
approximate running time: 1 hour (no intermission)
TR Warszawa, 8 Marszałkowska St.