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Imka Revs Up
December 19, 2013   
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A legendary racing driver and a controversial communist leader are the protagonists of two new plays at Warsaw’s Imka Theater.

Ayrton Senna Da Silva, a drama written by Robert Bolesto and directed by Łukasz Kos, tells the story of the legendary Formula 1 driver Ayrton Senna, three-time world champion and winner of 41 Grand Prix races, who was killed in an accident May 1, 1994. A sport icon and a national hero in his native Brazil, Senna was famous for his fearless driving style, for his community work and for his devout faith. Even while alive, Senna was worshipped by Brazilians and after the crash that killed him during the San Marino Grand Prix, the myth of Senna as a hero and unrivaled champion exploded into veneration comparable to that of a Catholic saint.

The Warsaw play, which had its premiere Dec. 15, stars Joanna Niemirska, Michał Bieliński and Marek Kossakowski and features music performed live by composer and performing artist Dominik Strycharski.

The other new production at Imka is The General, a play that has garnered a number of awards at major theater festivals in Poland. Written by poet Jarosław Jakubowski, the play is inspired by the life of Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, the last communist leader of Poland and the man who imposed martial law in the country in 1981. The titular role is played by Marek Kalita, who also directed the play together with Aleksandra Popławska.

The directors knew better than to opt for cheap sensationalism and political moralizing. Instead, they focus on the human being. Making occasional use of grotesque and caricature, they deliver a compelling portrait of the man who orchestrated a totalitarian system while living his life in complete detachment from the rest of the population.

Imka Theater; 6 M. Konopnickiej St.
For performance dates go to www.teatr-imka.pl
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