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Magic Mountain Marks Anniversary
January 28, 2015   
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Warsaw’s Syrena Theater is staging The Magic Mountain (Polish title: Czarodziejska Góra), based on the famous novel by Thomas Mann. The play is among events marking the theater’s 70th anniversary this year.

Syrena director Wojciech Malajkat, who directs the play, says that staging Mann’s masterpiece was long a dream project for him and “after many years of deliberations and preparations” the time had arrived to make the dream come true.

The Magic Mountain had a major impact on world literature and generations of readers. Dealing with the passing of time, growing up and illness, the novel marked the end of the Belle Époque period and heralded the disasters that would plague Europe in the 20th century.

“They say that the Great War put an end to the Magic Mountain era and marked the beginning of a world where individuals were meaningless cogs in the gigantic machine of progress, economic growth, consumption and of war,” said Malajkat. “I don’t agree that the Magic Mountain era is over, that these days there is no place for reflecting about morality and the passing of time.”

As it celebrates its own 70th anniversary, the Syrena theater chose to stage The Magic Mountain to mark two anniversaries related to the original novel: 130 years since the birth of Thomas Mann and the 85th anniversary of the first Polish edition of The Magic Mountain.

The music for the new play was written by singer-songwriter Grzegorz Turnau, the sets were designed by Joanna Ku¶ and costumes by celebrity stylist Tomasz Jacyków. The cast includes popular Polish actors Daniel Olbrychski, Antoni Pawlicki, Maria Seweryn and Malajkat himself.

Syrena Theater; Warsaw, 3 Litewska St.
Upcoming performances: Feb. 12, 13, 7 p.m., Feb. 15, 6 p.m., Feb. 21 and 22, 7:30 p.m.
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