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When Everything is for Sale
January 28, 2015   
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The second ever Polish production of The Rats, a drama by German playwright Gerhart Hauptmann, has opened at Warsaw’s Powszechny Theater, more than a century since the play’s Polish premiere in 1911.

Hauptmann, a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, made a name for himself with dramas depicting a world of decaying rules and values.

The new version of the play, whose Polish title is Szczury, is directed and co-written by Maja Kleczewska and set in present-day Warsaw. Together with her co-writer, dramatist Łukasz Chotkowski, Kleczewska shows how the privileged classes usurp the right to teach and educate the rest of the public. The Warsaw that we see on stage is a place where good is hard to tell from evil. In a world where you can buy anything, everything is for sale as well and that includes people.

The characters that populate the play are entangled in complicated webs within their community. The desires that drive them put them on a path to destruction.

The play stars popular theater and television actors such as Agnieszka Krukówna, Maria Robaszkiewicz and Tomasz Chrapusta. The Rats is co-produced by the Powszechny Theater and the Łaźnia Nowa Theater in Cracow.

Upcoming performances: Feb. 20 and 24, 7 p.m., Feb. 21, 5 p.m.

Powszechny Theater, 20 Zamoyskiego St.
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