Premiere: 14 March 2014
Author: Maciej Wojtyszko
Title: A Proof of the Other's Existence
Original Title: Dowód na istnienie drugiego
Director: Maciej Wojtyszko

Auditorium: Wierzbowa Street Hall
Running time: 2 hour 5 min, one interval

 

A Proof of the Other's Existence

What should be said or left unsaid between two writers? Maciej Wojtyszko stages the meeting of two Polish authors, Witold Gombrowicz and Sławomir Mrożek, pushing them to the verge of explosion.

Jan Englert as Gombrowicz and Cezary Kosiński as Mrożek portray the artists who provoke each other – one with constant pretending and the other with aloofness and silence. Wojtyszko retells the history of their actual meetings in 1965 and 1966 creating a drama about struggles with the Polish identity. As its viewers, we realize where we come from and what has shaped us.


director: Maciej Wojtyszko 
set design: Paweł Dobrzycki 
music: Piotr Moss 
lighting design: Grzegorz Kędzierski

Awards:

2015 – The Cyprian Kamil Norwid Award in "theatre" category to Maciej Wojtyszko as an author and director of A Proof of the Other's Existence

Cast:

Maria Paczowska Monika Dryl 
Mara Obremba Dominika Kluźniak / Patrycja Soliman (from May 2, 2014)
Rita Labrosse Kamilla Baar (as a guest actor from January 1, 2014)
Bohdan Paczowski Grzegorz Kwiecień
Kazimierz Głaz Marcin Przybylski
Witold Gombrowicz Jan Englert
Sławomir Mrożek Cezary Kosiński

Production team:

  • director's assistant: Marcin Przybylski 
  • set designer assistants: Elwira Szyszka, Anita Trzaskowska, Joanna Walisiak-Jankowska 
  • sound technicians: Marcin Kotwa, Maciej Rybicki 
  • lighting technicians: Łukasz Obuch-Woszczatyński, Tomasz Księżak 
  • stage manager: Krzysztof Kuszczyk 

Gallery:

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