Opening Night: 16 December 2011
Author: Hanoch Levin
Title: The Anguish of Life
Original Title: מלאכת החיים
Translator: Agnieszka Olek
Director: Jan Englert

Auditorium: Boguslawski Hall 
Running time: 1 hour 30 min, no interval

The Anguish of Life

Of course, they are fighting as usual. Anna Seniuk as Leviva and Janusz Gajos as Yona, in the cosmos of marital coexistence.

They are equal opponents. After a few dozen years of practice, they know that in marriage a lot can be said and forgiven. A tired couple in Hanoch Levin’s tragicomedy experiences disappointment, attachment, blame, regrets and irritation at passing time and being old. Solitude would be so peaceful. But in fact, we only have each other.


director: Jan Englert 
set design: Barbara Hanicka 
music: Stanisław Radwan 
lighting design: Wojciech Puś 
animation: Michał Jankowski


Awards and Nominations:

2012 – The Cyprian Kamil Norwid Award in "theatre" category to Jan Englert for the direction of The Anguish of Life
2012 – The Warsaw Felix award in "the best male supporting role" category for Włodzimierz Press for the role of Gunkel
2012 – nomination for the Warsaw Felix award in "the best female leading role" category for Anna Seniuk for the role of Lewiwa
2012 – nomination for the Warsaw Felix award in "the best male leading role” category for Janusz Gajos for the role of Jona Popoch

Cast: 

Yona Popoch Janusz Gajos
Leviva, wife of Yona Popoch Anna Seniuk
Gunkel, neighbour Włodzimierz Press (quest actor)

Production team:

  • set designer's assistant: Elwira Szyszka
  • costume designer's assistant: Anita Trzaskowska 
  • lighting technicians: Zbigniew Szulim, Bartłomiej Kaczalski, Krzysztof Łukasz Stefan
  • sound technicians: Mariusz Maszewski, Marek Szymański, Hubert Majewski
    • video projection: Mariusz Chałubek, Paweł Woźniak
  • stage manager: Ewa Dworecka 
  • prompter: Jolanta Szydłowska



Copyright holds Institute of Israeli Drama represented by ADiT in Poland.

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