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Mas這wska Adapted for TV
August 1, 2014   
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Award-winning theater director Grzegorz Jarzyna has adapted a play by Dorota Mas這wska, one of Poland’s most famous young writers, for television.

Mas這wska made a spectacular debut in 2002 at the tender age of 19 with the controversial novel Snow White and Russian Red (Wojna polsko-ruska pod flag bia這-czerwon), which won her some of Poland’s most prestigious awards. In 2008 she wrote the play Things Are Good Between Us (Mi璠zy nami dobrze jest), commissioned by TR Warszawa, one of the most innovative theaters in Poland in the past decade. The play was staged the following year. It was directed by Jarzyna, who is the artistic director of TR Warszawa.

Things Are Good Between Us tells the story of Poland and Poles after the fall of communism, using grotesque dialogue made up of pop culture references and quotes from glossy magazines, tabloids and advertisements. The play’s protagonists are three women from three different generations: a dejected Old Lady in a wheelchair, her daughter Halina and her granddaughter, known as the Little Metal Girl. They live under the poverty threshold, squeezed into small studio apartment in Warsaw. Their neighbors include Bo瞠na, who hands out flyers for a living, and the director of a movie entitled The Horse that Rode a Horse. There are also two actors, a TV presenter and a woman called Edyta, who is determined to save all kinds of “poor people.”

In her play, Mas這wska juxtaposes different points of view, values and registers to paint a colorful picture of contemporary Polish society. Jarzyna places Mas這wska’s characters in a minimalist, imaginary space so as not to lose the surreal feel of the story. He understands the energy of the text and lets it shine on stage as a tragic-comic farce.

Previews of the television adaptation were shown to audiences of the 14th T-Mobile New Horizons Film Festival, which was held in Wroc豉w July 24-Aug. 3.
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