Triumph of the Will

Thursday, September 29, 2022, 6:00 PM

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  • Thursday, September 29, 2022, 6:00 PM
  • Friday, September 30, 2022, 6:00 PM

On an island in the middle of the ocean, passengers who have survived an airplane disaster try to combat this glum situation and to while away the time by telling each other stories of people without whom the world would come to a halt. Though this does not come easily, particularly given the grumblers within the group (Anna Radwan, Radosław Krzyżowski, Marcin Czarnik, Krystian Durman), they soon begin taking on the roles of heroes who did things for the first time: Kathrine Switzer (Dorota Segda) – the first woman who ran a marathon; soccer players from a team who scored their first goal after some years; a miner who dared to hitchhike to India; and gays and lesbians supporting the miners’ strike in Great Britain. The plot, closely overseen by Shakespeare (Krzysztof Zawadzki), is full of surprising twists and turns, and imperceptibly transforms into a fascinating duel between dreams and realities, faith and doubt, and one whose outcome is far from certain. The Triumph of the Will is a play with a positive message, bursting with positive energy and faith in mankind, which can be marvelous – and sometimes is. It can “move mountains,” if only it chooses to.

Paweł Demirski
Dir. Monika Strzępka

29.09 the play will be performed with English surtitles. The text of the improvisation can be found find in the foyer (before the play).

Stary National Theatre

ul. Jagiellońska 1

Stary National Theatre is one of the oldest theatres in Poland. Its contemporary repertoire consists of both contemporary works and reinterpretations of classics.

The theatre, which found its home in a historical building on a corner of Szczepański Square, is one of Poland’s national stages, directly managed by the Minister of Culture. In the 19th century, its stage was graced by the theatre’s current patron, a consummate actress, Helena Modrzejewska, known to the English-speaking world as Modjeska. A great many eminent artists trod the legendary boards of the Stary after the war, notably Tadeusz Kantor, Jerzy Grotowski, Zygmunt Hübner, and Krystian Lupa. The stagings of Adam Mickiewicz’s The Forefathers’ Eve directed by Konrad Swinarski and of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Possessed directed by Andrzej Wajda made history. The contemporary repertoire of the theatre consists both of current works and reinterpretations of classics.

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