Premiere: 29 January 2005
Authors: Antonina Grzegorzewska's He, Jerzy Grzegorzewski's The Second Return of Odysseus
Title: He. The Second Return of Odysseus
Original Title: On. Drugi powrót Odysa
Director:
Jerzy Grzegorzewski

Auditorium: Boguslawski Hall
Running time: 1 hour 20 min, one interval

He. The Second Return of Odysseus

director and set designer: Jerzy Grzegorzewski
music: Stanisław Radwan
costume design: Barbara Hanicka
lighting design: Mirosław Poznański

The play contains excerpts from III act of Stanisław Wyspiański's The Return of Odysseus.
The actors of the National Theatre sang a fragment of Dante's Divine Comedy, as well as a fragment of Josif Brodsky's poem Nature Morte translated by Stanisław Barańczak together with a fragment of the poem Verrà la morte e avrà i tuoi occhi (Death Will Come and Will Have Your Eyes) by Cesare Pavese, quoted by Brodsky.

Awards and Nominations:

2005 – nomination for the Warsaw Felix award in "the best male leading role" category to Jerzy Radziwiłowicz for the role of He

Cast:

He Jerzy Radziwiłowicz
Odysseus Wojciech Malajkat
Master Bluebeard Jan Englert
Wife Wiesława Niemyska
Judith Beata Fudalej
Calypso Magdalena Warzecha / Beata Ścibakówna (from April 14, 2005)
Penelope Anna Ułas
Maria Anna Grycewicz (guest actress)
Anna Anna Gryszkówna
Sirens Whores Beata Fudalej, Anna Gryszkówna, Wiesława Niemyska, Bożena Stachura, Anna Ułas, Magdalena Warzecha / Beata Ścibakówna (from April 14, 2005)
Comedy artists Józef Duriasz, Waldemar Kownacki, Igor Przegrodzki, Jacek Różański
Soldiers and Suitors Bartłomiej Bobrowski, Sławomir Federowicz (guest actor), Robert Jarociński, Łukasz Lewandowski, Robert T. Majewski, Jacek Mikołajczak, Paweł Tołwiński, Leszek Zduń

Production team:

  • director's assistant: Wiesława Niemyska
  • set designer's assistants: Jadwiga Michalska, Anita Trzaskowska
  • lighting technicians: Zbigniew Szulim, Korneliusz Wieczorek
  • sound techniciansRafał Barański, Mariusz Maszewski
  • stage manager: Ewa Dworecka
  • prompter: Jolanta Szydłowska

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