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Theater Focuses on Young Talent
December 13, 2015   
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TR Warszawa, one of Poland’s most innovative theaters, is reaching out to young artists by offering them help in turning their ideas into theatrical productions.

Two plays being staged at TR Warszawa since October are a result of the theater’s Teren TR (TR Zone) workshops. One is Grind/r by Piotr Trojan and the other is Ewelina płacze (Ewelina Is Crying) by Anna Karasińska. These and three other new plays premiering at TR Warszawa this season focus on the future of the Western world. They explore the changes that the economic crisis, escalating radical ideologies and mass immigration have triggered in the personality of “the contemporary Westerner.”

One of the new productions is an adaptation of Michel Houellebecq’s novel The Possibility of an Island. Set in the future, the play shows a world where technology and cloning allow mankind to defy death. Featuring sets designed by well-known Polish visual artist Zbigniew Libera, the play is a directorial debut for Magda Szpecht. The Houellebecq novel was adapted for the stage by Michał Buszewicz.

Latvian theater director Yana Ross will stage The Lake, a play written by Russian dramatist Mikhail Durnenkov. The Lake portrays middle-class Russians as people who fear the future, living their lives in anticipation of an apocalypse.

Poland’s Krzysztof Garbaczewski will direct The Amazing Adventures of Robert Robur, a dystopian drama based on the last novel by Polish writer Mirosław Nahacz. This story of a future society manipulated by a television producer has been adapted for the stage by writer Jakub Żulczyk.

This year, TR Warszawa has launched a series of writer-in-residence programs called New Drama. Every season, a selected playwright will work with TR Warszawa actors on his or her latest offering. The 2015/2016 writer in residence is Ignacy Karpowicz, a highly regarded author whose novel Sońka was nominated for the prestigious Nike literary award. Karpowicz will spend the entire season working on a theatrical series based on his novel Balladyny i romanse. In 2010, the novel won the Paszport Polityki award from Polityka magazine. Each episode in the series will have a different director.

This season’s first musical project at TR Warszawa will be a concert by ICANSWIM, a group formed by TR Warszawa actress Justyna Wasilewska with multi-instrumentalists Krzysztof Kaliski and Filip Kaniecki.

This will be followed by Próby z Sikorskiego (Sikorski Rehearsals) written by Marta Sokołowska and directed by Katarzyna Kalwat. The two women will explore the legend of Tomasz Sikorski, a Warsaw-based composer who pioneered minimalism in Polish music and who died prematurely in 1988. Próby z Sikorskiego will be performed by actors along with prominent pianist and composer Zygmunt Krauze.

For further information go to www.trwarszawa.pl
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