Opening Night: 13 May 2023
Author: Thomas Bernhard
Title: The Theatre Maker
Original Title: Der Theatermacher
Translator: Jacek St. Buras
Director: Andrzej Domalik

Auditorium: Wierzbowa Street Hall
Running time: 2 hours 20 min including one interval


Ticket prices:

full-price ticket:
140 PLN

concession ticket:
95 PLN

rush ticket:
45 PLN  more info →

students of state theatre and art schools: 
15 PLN more info →

The Theatre Maker

By Thomas Bernhard, one of the pre-eminent playwrights of the second half of the 20th century. The title role is brought to life by Jerzy Radziwiłowicz. 

“To be honest, theatre, in general, is absurd, but to be honest… There's nothing you can do at all except kill yourself. … Well, since we haven't killed ourselves so far, we're still trying to keep making theatre… even if it is all completely absurd and false," says actor Bruscon, the main character in The Theatre Maker. Together with his family, he comes to town to give a performance at the local tavern – but, as a result, he makes a performance of himself.

The play revolves primarily around the titular role. Directed by Andrzej Domalik, the part of Bruscon will be played by Jerzy Radziwiłowicz.


director: Andrzej Domalik
set and costume design: Jagna Janicka
music: Mateusz Dębski
lighting design: Karolina Gębska

Cast

Production team

  • sound technicians: Marcin Kotwa, Maciej Rybicki
  • lighting technicians: Łukasz Obuch-Woszczatyński, Tomasz Księżak
  • stage manager: Katarzyna Kłosowska-Kobiałka
    prompter: Anna Leszczyńska
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The stage rights are represented by SUHRKAMP VERLAG AG Berlin.
Licence for this stage production was granted by the Society of Authors – ZAiKS.

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