Opening Night: 6 December 2002
Author: Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz
Title: The Water Hen. A Spherical Tragedy in Three Acts
Original Title:
Kurka Wodna. Tragedia sferyczna w trzech aktach
Director: Jan Englert

Auditorium: Boguslawski Hall
Running time: 2 hours, one interval

The Water Hen

director: Jan Englert
set design: Dorota Kołodyńska
music: Maciej Małecki
lighting design: Mirosław Poznański
graphic of the projections: Piotr Jaworowski

The play contains following fragments of Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz's dramas: Maciej Korbowa and Bellatrix, New Liberation, A Madman and a Nun, They, In a Small Manor House, Miss Tootli-Pootli.

Cast:

Father – Wojciech Walpor Ignacy Gogolewski
HE – Edgar Walpor Mariusz Bonaszewski
Son – Tadzio Łukasz Lewandowski
Lady – Duchess Alice of Nevermore Grażyna Szapołowska (guest actress)
Water Hen – Elizabeth Flake-Prawacka Beata Ścibakówna
Bastard – Richard de Korbowa-Korbowski recte Maciej Wiktos Arkadiusz Janiczek
Efemer Typowicz Andrzej Blumenfeld
Isaac Widmower Maciej Kozłowski
Alfred Ewader Jacek Mikołajczak
Jan / Afrosia Opupieikina Ewa Konstancja Bułhak
Butlers Piotr Borowski (guest actor), Przemysław Chojęta (guest actor), Robert Majewski, Marcin Mostafa (guest actor)
The Lighthouse Man Czesław Lasota (guest actor)
King Richard III Mirosław Konarowski
Bellatrix Kinga Ilgner
Sister Anna Monika Dryl
Mieczyslaw Walpurg Robert Jarociński

Music recorded by the band:
Michał Kulenty (saxophone)
Robert Majewski (trumpet)
Maciej Szczyciński (double bass)
Wojciech Kowalewski (drums)

Production team:

  • stage movement: Emil Wesołowski
    animations:
    Maciej Lutomski
    director's assistants:
    Jacek Jarzyna, Katarzyna Romańczuk
  • set designer's assistants: Jadwiga Michalska, Anita Trzaskowska
  • lighting technicians: Zbigniew Szulim, Korneliusz Wieczorek
  • sound techniciansRafał Barański, Mariusz Maszewski, Maciej Rybicki, Marek Wojtulanis
  • stage manager: Krzysztof Kuszczyk
  • prompter: Jolanta Szydłowska

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