Angels in America

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After the last year's success of "Angels in America" (2,500 spectators in four days!), we are sure that a theatre stage at Open'er would not only be a new activity to make Open'er more attractive, but a necessity, a place our audience longed for.


The cooperation with Nowy Teatr has allowed the return of Krzysztof Warlikowski's "Angels in  America" to the bill and the first ever appearance of Gob Squad collective's "Before Your Very Eyes", a play that has already travelled the world's key theatre festivals.

In 2013, the theatre at Open'er brings even more performances, more emotions and more opportunities to confront with Polish theatre creators and their visions. A large share of this year's theatre programme focuses on "American Dream". We invited productions that deal with the American idea of escaping into unreality, living outside one's life, with no roots, artificially bred, captivating and fascinating most of the time, but on the other hand, cutting ties with reality - a one big comedown from this dream. A critical regard on this surely only tempting way of life. Sex, Drugs & Rock‘n' Roll as a utopia? The greatest simulacrum of our times?


 In cooperation with Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, we are proud to present the first part of Theatre at Open'er with the following plays:

- „Courtney Love" by Paweł Demirski (Polski Theatre in Wrocław); directed by Monika Strzępka

- „Paw Królowej" by Dorota Masłowska (Narodowy Stary Teatr in Krakow), directed by Paweł Świątek

- "Nancy. Interview" (Nowy Teatr in Warsaw); directed and choreorgaphed by Claude Bardouil


Courtney Love" by Paweł Demirski (Polski Theatre in Wrocław); directed by Monika Strzępka.

Cast: Katarzyna Strączek, Adam Cywka, Mariusz Kiljan, Andrzej Kłak, Igor Kujawski, Agnieszka Kwietniewska, Michał Majnicz, Michał Mrozek, Michał Opaliński, Marcin Pempuś

The show yields an impossible combination of the spectacular career of Nirvana with the reality of Polish show business in nineties, when a success – understood as the only option in life – was imprinted in a social mentality. It’s a musical story on schemes, limitations and trivialized ways of possible career. Courtney Love, who faithfully accompanied the great success of Nirvana and at the same time, accused of causing the group to disband – becomes a figure of all negative effects of the capitalist reality. A worker is treated either as a commodity or as a client. Monika Strzępka’s daring directing, Paweł Demirski’s uncompromising play, and many evergreens of Nirvana and Hole performed live by actresses and actors of Polski Theatre made this show unforgettable.


Paw Królowej" by Dorota Masłowska (Narodowy Stary Teatr in Krakow), directed by Paweł Świątek

Cast: Paulina Puślednik, Małgorzata Zawadzka, Szymon Czacki, Wiktor Loga-Skarczewski

In the production from Stary Teatr, four actors in white tennis outfits are enclosed in a  green box cut with horizontal and vertical lines. While the setting reminds the audience of a tennis court, it also brings to mind computer visualisations, the setting of a TV show, a recording studio and even some sort of laboratory where we can observe the caged characters as if through a one-way mirror. Imprisoned in these eye-catching surroundings, the alleged tennis players? computer avatars? media marionettes? guinea pigs? strike the audience spot-on with the phrases from Masłowska. These linguistic bullets, shot out at a machine-gun-like pace, is irresistibly hilarious, yet also frightening as it reveals how pitifully empty are the characters and the media bubble we all live in. The players in this theatrical mixed double - Paulina Puślednik, Małgorzata Zawadzka, Szymon Czacki and Wiktor Loga-Skarczewski - have no mercy for the audience, portraying a reality where the glitz and media fame replace all values, with striking precision and dedication.

The play was co-founded within the framework of the "4th edition of re_wizje festival in Małopolska" with the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme 2007-2013.


"Nancy. Interview"(Nowy Teatr in Warsaw); directed and choreorgaphed by Claude Bardouil

Cast: Magdalena Popławska, Claude Bardouil

While transgressing borders between theatre and dance, the artists confront a punk rock legend, Sid Vicious, a musician who died from drug overdose, suspected of murdering his fiancée, Nancy Spungen. This is the next step of the Nowy Teatr on the way to explore the opportunities to shape artistic statement bordering on the two usually separated art disciplines: theatre and dance, an attempt to create a new actor, capable of non-traditional and interdisciplinary forms of expression. The production from Claude Bardouil attempts to rebuild the mythical feeling of the USA in the 1970s. The short play is saturated with sensuality and emotion.


More theatre announcements coming soon, and meanwhile, watch the film from 2012 Art!

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