The last years of Gerhard Hauptmann’s, a German writer, the Nobel Prize winner and the man whom we may call “the artist of life”, shows an excellent material for creating a film or a theatre play. Making a film, the initial topography of the place (the house in Jagniątkowo, the park) is worth to be preserved. This play gives a strong impression of authenticity. The play is based on biographical facts. Dialogues, however, are mostly fictional. On 9th of May 1945 Soviet forces get into Jagniątkowo, a place in the mountains.
This witty tale by Jerzy Łukosz can be understood on many levels. One of them deals with the process of transformation Poland has been going through. We observe mental twists and turns of a Polish family under the oppression of capitalism. An individual bound by the newly born system is getting less compassionate and more self-centred. Another important field of the author’s interests is a dynamic nature of human relations.
This contemporary drama tells the story of how we adjust to various roles that life brings us. The action takes place in the basement where a group of some homeless people have found shelter. There’s Kaśka, Adidas, Picuś and the Professor. Their community is based on solidarity: together they obtain food etc.. but Kaśka’s role is to satisfy men’s sexual needs. One day two newcomers show up in the basement: Lilka and Jaś, both from good families, with a comfort of social security and safe future.
My Life as a Rabbit by Izabela Filipiak has a female cast and offers a farcical picture of a lesbian couple's "domestic bliss" whose only intruder is a TV set. The action is limited to their domestic sphere only, so any confrontation between the private/personal and the public/political is avoided, though still represented in a symbolic way. The characters, Z. and H., announce at the very beginning that they will make love only in their imagination because they are too exhausted for any physical contact.
A German version by Marie Hauptmayer
Male writers often succeed in creating interesting female portraits. We all remember Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina or Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. If you want to know what kind of female has been created by Stefan Szulc, we strongly recommend his play, “A Monodrama”. You will find some decent fun while watching the Female character – rebellious and wrathful, and at the same time lost and uncertain. Her final decision to leave the Male is not certain. Having locked her partner in the basement, the Female makes the space for her private performance.
A three-act comedy
A grotesque psychodrama featuring an Old Mother and her forty-year-old Daughter. Both women, who still live together, build up a toxic relationship, the Daughter devouring enormous amounts of food and the Mother persistently cleaning the floor. It is a strange game they play, bringing each other constant suffering and yet living in a strange symbiosis. The Mother is always on her daughter’s beck and call, always ready to go shopping for food.
A radio play