translation: Jacek Poniedziałek
direction: Krzysztof Warlikowski
set design: Małgorzata Szczęśniak
music: Paweł Mykietyn
lighting director: Felice Ross
film: Paweł Łoziński
songs: Adam Falkiewicz
hair styling and wigs: Robert Kupisz
make-up: Gonia Wielocha
sculptures: Zofia Remiszewska, Dominik Dlouhy
painting effects: Arkadiusz Sylwestrowicz
cast: Andrzej Chyra (actor of Nowy Teatr in Warsaw), Maciej Stuhr (actor of Nowy Teatr in Warsaw), Maja Ostaszewska (actress of Nowy Teatr in Warsaw) / Magdalena Popławska (actress of Nowy Teatr in Warsaw), Tomasz Tyndyk, Jacek Poniedziałek (actor of Nowy Teatr in Warsaw), Rafał Maćkowiak, Magdalena Cielecka (actress of Nowy Teatr in Warsaw), Stanisława Celińska (actress of Nowy Teatr in Warsaw) / Maja Komorowska, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Danuta Stenka / Dorota Landowska / Monika Niemczyk, Bogusława Schubert
The play is multilayered, universal; it touches on many topics. I would not like to restrict myself to the question of AIDS only. Today AIDS is not such an angel of death as then, in the 80. Nowadays we are afraid of illnesses in general, we are paralyzed by them. More than in illness I am interested in this man's soul: what ways of escape he tries, how desperate he is, what physical and spiritual pain he has to overcome to stay alive and not give in.
I would like to tell about our attitude to illness as well. How it is when one of our friends falls ill. What we think about the situation when the sick person is deserted by their closest friend. But this is also a play about our busy world in which family fades into the background. What happens to people who have achieved everything but do not belong to any community?
For me the value of this work is that it enables us to talk about the man in various contexts, in a very perverse way, in dialog with the audience. It is like a breath of fresh air. This theatrical material gives us an opportunity to talk about God, destiny, crime, punishment and our spirituality, of angels. It is a charge of purifying energy.
Krzysztof Warlikowski in an interview with Dorota Wyżyńska, Gazeta Wyborcza
Tony Kushner (born 1956) - one of the most eminent American playwrights, known in the first place as the author of the two-part drama Angels in America awarded Pulitzer Prize as well as two Tony Awards, two Drama Desk Awards, the Evening Standard Award, the New York Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the LAMBDA Liberty Award for Drama. In 1998 the National Theatre in London called Angels in America one of the ten best 20th century theatre plays.
Some other Kushner's plays: A Bright Room Called Day, Hydrotaphia, or the Death of Dr Browne, Slavs!: Thinking About the Longstanding Problems of Virtue and Happiness, Homebody/Kabul. Kushner adapted also Stella by Goethe, Dibbuk by Szymon An-ski, The Good Woman of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht, L'Illusion by Corneille. He wrote the screenplay to the TV version of Angels in America directed by Mike Nichols, and co-authored the screenplay of Steven Spielberg's Munich.
premiere: 17th February 2007
approximate running time: 5 hours 30 min. (one intermission)
TR Warszawa in co-production with Comédie de Valence Centre Dramatique National Drôme-Ardèche, Maison de la Culture d'Amiens - Scène Nationale i TNT - Théatre National de Toulouse - Midi-Pyrénées