Opening Night: 17 January 2007
Author: Sławomir Mrożek
Original Title: Miłość na Krymie
Title: Love in the Crimea
Director: Jerzy Jarocki

Auditorium: Boguslawski Hall
Running time: 3 hours 15 min, two intervals

Love in the Crimea

director: Jerzy Jarocki
set design: Jerzy Juk Kowarski
music: Stanisław Radwan
stage movement: Tomasz Tworkowski

The play contains short excerpts from:
Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov, Philosophy of the Common Task, 2 vols., Lousanne 1985; Sochineniya, Moscow 1982; Sobranie Sochineniy, 4 vols., Moscow 1997. Quoted for: Cezary Wodziński, Trance, Dostoyevsky, Russia: On Philosophizing with an Axe, słowo/obraz terytoria, Gdańsk 2005
Maciej Kropiwnicki, "Empire" will not harm the empire, „Odra” 2006, no. 2
Vsevolod Niekrasov, poems: *** (what experiment), *** (oh, russia), *** (who'd want to give everything back there) (trans. into Polish by Jerzy Czech), „Rzeczpospolita” 2006, no. 193 (Magazine „Plus Minus”)
Lorna Marshall, David Wiliams, Peter Brook, Transparency and the invisible network (trans. into Polish by Iwona Libucha), „Dialog” 2002, no. 10
Slavoj Žižek, Have Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri Rewritten the Communist Manifesto for the Twenty-First Century? (trans. into Polish by Maciej Kropiwnicki), „Odra” 2006, no. 2

Awards and Nominations:

2007 – nomination for the Warsaw Felix award in "the best theatre director" category for Jerzy Jarocki for direction of Love on the Crimea
2007 – nomination for the Warsaw Felix award in "the best male leading role" category for Jan Frycz for the role of Ivan Nikolaevich Zachedrynsky
2007 – nomination for the Warsaw Felix award in "the best supporting female role" category for Jolanta Fraszyńska for the role of Lily Karlovna Svetlova

Cast:

Pyotr Alexeyevich Sjejkin, Lieutenant, age 30 Paweł Paprocki
Tatiana Yakovlevna Borodina, teacher, about 28 years old Małgorzata Kożuchowska
Ivan Nikolaevich Zachedrynsky, obscure personage, age 50 Jan Frycz
Alexandr Ivanovich Cheltsov, merchant, age 45 Janusz Gajos
Matriona Vasilyevna Cheltsova, his wife, age 45 Anna Seniuk
Rudolf Rudolfowicz Wolf, railway engineer, age 30 Mariusz Bonaszewski
Lily Karlovna Svetlova, actress, age 25 Jolanta Fraszyńska (guest actress)
Anastasia Petrovna Batushkova, maidservant, age 60 Barbara Horawianka (guest actress)
Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov-Lenin, revolutionary, age 40 Jerzy Radziwiłowicz
Ilia Zubatyj, proletarian poet, age 22 Grzegorz Małecki
Frenchman Mirosław Konarowski
Petya, about 27 years old Arkadiusz Janiczek
I, age 30–40 Waldemar Kownacki
II, age 30–40 Robert Jarociński
General Piotr Suzin (guest actor) / Tomasz Tworkowski (guest actor)
Werewolf Piotr Suzin (guest actor) / Tomasz Tworkowski (guest actor) 
Sailor I, age 20–25 Marcin Przybylski / Modest Ruciński
Sailor II, age 20–25 Grzegorz Toporowski (guest actor) / Dariusz Świnoga (guest actor) / Szymon Nowak (guest actor)
Catherine the Great, age 18–30 Iwona K. Pawlak (guest actress)
The man with the rifle Jacek Mikołajczak

drums: Monika Szulczyńska, Wojciech Kowalewski

Production team:

  • director's assistant: Anna Turowiec
  • set designer's assistants: Jadwiga Michalska, Anita Trzaskowska
  • sound technicians: Rafał Barański, Mariusz Maszewski
  • lighting technicians: Zbigniew Szulim, Andrzej Szwaczyk, Krzysztof Trzaskowski
  • stage manager: Adam Borkowski
  • prompter: Alina Wieczorkówna

Gallery:

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