Grand Prix at the 12th International Gombrowicz Festival in Radom
Grand Prix at 42th Theatre Confrontations in Opole

For the first time in her career, Anna Augustynowicz faces this – still untamed and metaphorical – play of Witold Gombrowicz.

Between the bride dressed in black and the procession of wedding guests in mourning outfits, the director precisely presents the human-human mass based on the lush and ambiguous language of Gombrowicz.

What do we see on stage? A nightmare? A grotesque vision of history? A fight for power over one’s own mind and memories? An illusion, where each story ultimately collapses and sinks?

Anna Augustynowicz – Theatre and television director. Graduate from Theatre Studies at the Jagiellonian University and the Faculty of Drama Directing at the PWST National Academy of Theatre Arts. She belongs to the generation of young artists, who learned under the watchful eye of Krystian Lupa. She debuted in 1989, staging the play of Marek Koterski Życie wewnętrzne (Inside Life) at the W. Bogusławski Theatre in Kalisz. Since 1992, she has been working as the Artistic Director at the Contemporary Theatre in Szczecin. She directed, for instance: in the Wybrzeże (Seashore) Theatre in Gdańsk, the Powszechny (Common) Theatre in Warsaw, the TR Warsaw, the Współczesny (Contemporary) Theatre in Wrocław, the Stefan Jaracz Theatre in Łódź. In 2014, she received the Zygmunt Hübner award Człowiek Teatru (Man of the Theatre) – a prestigious award for outstanding drama artists, who create the artistic theatre in the spirit of civic thought, contributing to its development.

the media about the performance:

Gombrowicz can be an endless source of surprises. He only needs to be presented very personally and very honestly.

Przemysław Skrzydelski, wSieci no. 45/2016, 7 November 2016

The small performance has a strictly measured rhythm, as if it has been written down in the score. The director compacts Gombrowicz, boldly shortens the text – while at the same time extracting its essence.

Witold Mrozek, Gazeta Wyborcza, 6 October 2016

Witold Gombrowicz


Anna Augustynowicz

Marek Braun

Jacek Wierzchowski

Krzysztof Sendke

Wanda Kowalska

The JK Opole Theatre:
Michał Świtała
Jędrzej Wielecki

Contemporary Theater in Szczecinie
Joanna Matuszak
Arkadiusz Buszko
Grzegorz Młudzik

Magdalena Żak / Magdalena Maścianica
Grzegorz Falkowski – guest

110 minutes

9th September 2016, Modelatornia Stage