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The Second Woman at TR Warszawa for English audience
June 18, 2014   
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The newest production of TR Warszawa, entitled Druga Kobieta (The Second Woman) will be shown with the English subtitles on June 20.

The play is directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna, the artistic director of TR Warszawa, one of Poland’s most innovative theaters. The original script has been adapted for the stage by Zofia Goł±bek.

Jarzyna, one of Poland’s best-known theater directors, has come up with a long-awaited stage adaptation of John Cassavetes’s script for the 1977 movie Opening Night. This is a story of a personal confrontation with the problem of passing time as well as the relation between art and life.

An aging actress, Wiktoria, does not want to come into terms with the role assigned to her on stage and in life. She is reticent to take up a role in a Broadway show where she would have to play a woman undergoing menopause. She does not want to give in to the destructive effect of time and tries to escape the truth about herself.

In order to understand and accept herself she will have to say goodbye to a teenage woman, she used to be and who now comes back to her in the figure of her female fan who died in a tragic way.

It is never obvious in this multilayer narrative what the reality and what the play is. Wiktoria’s partner on stage - Adam - is also her ex-partner in life. Their conflicts from real life continue behind the stage.
The banal truth about the theater as a mirror of reality gets a new fresh look here. The play shows that the theater can be a place where one can get to know and understand oneself

The cast includes some of Poland’s finest theater actors: Danuta Stenka (as Wiktoria), Adam Woronowicz (as Adam), Roma G±siorowska, Maria Maj, Malgorzata Buczkowska, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Danuta Szaflarska, Justyna Wasilewska, Jan Dravnel, Roman Gancarczyk, Rafał Maćkowiak, Dawid Ogrodnik, Danuta Szaflarska, Lech Łotocki and Sebastian Pawlak.

Upcoming performances: June 20 at 8pm (English subtitles), June 21 and 22 at 8pm

TR Warszawa, 8 Marszałkowska St.
Tickets for performances before the opening night: 80 zł and 60 zł (discounted)
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