Opening Night: 17 September 2011
Author: Juliusz Słowacki
Title: The Cause according to "Samuel Zborowski" by Juliusz Słowacki
Original Title: Samuel Zborowski
Director: Jerzy Jarocki

Auditorium: Wierzbowa Street Hall

The Cause

author of the script and director: Jerzy Jarocki
set design: Andrzej Witkowski
lighting design: Mirosław Poznański
music: Stanisław Radwan
choreography: Jarosław Staniek
video: Barbara Sieroslawski

 

Awards and Nominations:

2012 – The Warsaw Felix award in "the best theatre director" category to Jerzy Jarocki for direction of The Cause (a prize awarded posthumously)
2012 – The Warsaw Felix award in "the best male leading role" category to Mariusz Bonaszewski for the roles of Lucifer / Bukary / Advocate
2012 – The Aleksander Zelwerowicz Award for the best actor to Mariusz Bonaszewski for the roles of Lucifer / Bukary / Advocate
2012 – nomination for the Warsaw Felix award in "the best female leading role" category for Dominika Kluźniak for the roles of Eolion / Helion / I

Cast:

Four leading spirits:

Lucifer / Bukary / Advocate Mariusz Bonaszewski
Samuel Zborowski Waldemar Kownacki
Prince / Chancellor Jan Zamoyski Jerzy Radziwiłowicz
Eolion / Helion / I Dominika Kluźniak

ACT I

Scene 1, Eolion's Dreams

Eolion Dominika Kluźniak
Prince Jerzy Radziwiłowicz
Doctor Adrian Wiśniewski (guest actor) 
Theologist Jerzy Łapiński
Sage Jacek Różański
Women's Choir Ewa Konstancja Bułhak, Ewa Decówna (guest actress), Anna Gryszkówna / Joanna Kwiatkowska-Zduń (from September 21, 2012), Kinga Ilgner, Milena Suszyńska, Anna Ułas

Scene 2, Eolion and the Fisherman's Daughter

Eolion Dominika Kluźniak
Fisherman's Daughter Milena Suszyńska

Scene 3, Under the Cascade

Prince Jerzy Radziwiłowicz
Lucifer Mariusz Bonaszewski
Fisherman's Daughter Milena Suszyńska
Eolion Dominika Kluźniak

Scene 4, In the Prince's Castle

Bishop Jacek Mikołajczak
Bukary Mariusz Bonaszewski
Helion Dominika Kluźniak
Prince / Chancellor Jerzy Radziwiłowicz
Theologist Jerzy Łapiński
Logician Karol Pocheć
Choir of the Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God Jerzy Łapiński, Karol Pocheć, Kamil Przystał (guest actor) / Klaudiusz Kaufmann (from February 23, 2013; guest actor), Jacek Różański, Mateusz Rusin, Adrian Wiśniewski (guest actor)

ACT II

Scene 1, At the Amphitrite Club

Amphitrite Ewa Decówna (guest actress) 
Oceanids Ewa Konstancja Bułhak, Anna Gryszkówna / Joanna Kwiatkowska-Zduń (from September 21, 2012) Kinga Ilgner, Anna Ułas
Heliana Milena Suszyńska
Lucifer Mariusz Bonaszewski
Commentator (off voice) Jan Englert

Scene 2, In the Cemetery

Samuel Waldemar Kownacki
Chancellor Jerzy Radziwiłowicz
Priest Jacek Mikołajczak
Lucifer Mariusz Bonaszewski
Haunted Woman Anna Gryszkówna / Joanna Kwiatkowska-Zduń (from September 21, 2012)
Women's Choir Ewa Konstancja Bułhak, Ewa Decówna (guest actress), Kinga Ilgner, Milena Suszyńska, Anna Ułas
Faithfuls in front of the chapel Jerzy Łapiński, Karol Pocheć, Kamil Przystał (guest actor) / Klaudiusz Kaufmann (from February 23, 2013; guest actor), Jacek Różański, Mateusz Rusin, Adrian Wiśniewski (guest actor)

ACT III

Lucifer / Bukary / Advocate Mariusz Bonaszewski
Samuel Waldemar Kownacki
Chancellor Jerzy Radziwiłowicz
I Dominika Kluźniak
Pluto Jacek Różański
Various spirits Ewa Decówna (guest actress), Anna Gryszkówna / Joanna Kwiatkowska-Zduń (from September 21, 2012), Kinga Ilgner, Dominika Kluźniak, Milena Suszyńska
Valkyria I Ewa Konstancja Bułhak
Valkyria II Anna Ułas
Caretaker I Karol Pocheć
Caretaker II Adrian Wiśniewski (guest actor) 
Archangel Mateusz Rusin
Christ Kamil Przystał (guest actor)

Production team:

  • director's assistant: Anna Turowiec
  • assistant director trainee: Tomasz Szczepanek
  • set designer's assistants: Elwira Szyszka, Anita Trzaskowska
  • lighting technicians: Adam Kalka, Dariusz Wieczorek
  • sound technicians: Marcin Kotwa, Maciej Rybicki
  • video production: Mariusz Chałubek, Paweł Woźniak
  • stage manager: Adam Borkowski
  • prompter: Alina Wieczorkówna
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Gallery:

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  • WAITING FOR GODOT

    Piotr Cieplak directs Waiting for Godot by Beckett. Is this a classic yet? Does it still have its avant-garde power? And, are we still waiting?


  • FREDRO. THE JUBILEE YEAR

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  • TALES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS

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  • THE THEATRE MAKER

    The play by Thomas Bernhard, one of the most outstanding playwrights of the second half of the 20th century. In the title role – Jerzy Radziwiłowicz. 

  • ALICE'S WONDERLAND

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  • THE MISANTHROPE

    Jan Englert stages a classic play by Molière. What is Alcest's misanthropy: an uncompromising commitment to the truth or a doomed uprising against social conventions?

  • THE BOOKS OF JACOB

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  • THE DECALOGUE

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  • MARY STUART

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  • MÜNCHHAUSEN FOR ADULTS

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  • Solidarity with Ukraine | Солідарні з Україною

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  • TWELFTH NIGHT, OR WHAT YOU WILL

    Complicated love intrigues and music. Piotr Cieplak directs Twelfth Night, or What You Will, one of Shakespeare's most important comedies.


  • PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK

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  • SNAKE SKIN

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  • SNOW

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  • AUTUMN SONATA

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  • MOTHER JOAN OF ANGELS

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  • The National Theatre at Google Cultural Institute

    Virtual exhibition 250 Years of Teatr Narodowy (National Theatre of Poland) is available online at Google Cultural Institute.


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