February 17, 2007
Part I and II – 5h 30min (includes 1 intermission)
The performance includes some nudity.
About the performance
The play is staged in Nowy Teatr (10/16 Madalińskiego Str., Warsaw)
The performance depicts life of a group of New York-based gay men in the ’80 – the times of raging AIDS epidemic and ultraconservative presidency of Ronald Regan. In this multithreaded, epic story issues of sexual identity intertwine with great politics, ideology, racial and social problems and religion and the characters created by the author mix with authentic historical figures. Excellent text by Tony Kushner is an insightful analysis of an American soul. In Warlikowski’s performance it is transformed into a universal vision of love in the time of plague.
direction: Krzysztof Warlikowski
translation: Jacek Poniedziałek
set and costume design: Małgorzata Szczęśniak
music: Paweł Mykietyn
lighting design: Felice Ross
video: Paweł Łoziński
songs: Adam Falkiewicz [+]
hair styling and wigs: Robert Kupisz
make-up artist: Gonia Wielocha [+]
sculptures: Zofia Remiszewska, Dominik Dlouhy
painting effects: Arkadiusz Sylwestrowicz
director’s assistant:: Katarzyna Łuszczyk
scenographer’s assistants: Magdalena Hueckel, Aleksandra Marczewska
photos: Stefan Okołowicz
“The issues that Walikowski discusses in his plays get more and more fundamental. That is why his Angels … are not even about the good and evil. Love or death. Betrayal or loyalty. The production attempts to resolve even more componential problems: responsibility and compassion. Being there for another person in their darkest hour and the ability to listen to other people. Is it only then, that we grow into our own humanity?”
“The performance, composed of two parts, shines with thousands of sparkles, multiplied endlessly by glass panels surrounding the stage. (…) Faith penetrates the bodies of Warlikowski’s actors. How else can their determined and passionate acting and mastery skills be described? They are wonderful from the beginning untill the end, and entirely in their roles. Their bodies loose themselves in the portrait of contemporary society. Great moment for the theatre.”
Best Play Award
Best Play Award at the 15th Festival of Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant in Łódż and “Błysk” Journalists Award granted to Magdalena Popławska.
The Konrad Swinarski Award
The Konrad Swinarski Award for the best director in 2006/2007 season granted to Krzysztof Warlikowski.
The Aleksander Zelwerowicz Award
The Aleksander Zelwerowicz Award for best actress/actor in 2006/2007 season granted to Maja Ostaszewska and Andrzej Chyra.
15th Festival of Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant, Łódź (28.02.2009)
Théâtre du Rond-Point, Paris (13-18.05.2008)
Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, France (14-15.03.2008)
Théâtre Bel-Image à Valence, France (9.03.2008)
Théâtre National de Strasbourg, France (1-2 i 4-5.03.2008)
4th Dialog – Wrocław International Theatre Festival, Wrocław (10-11.10.2007)
61st Festival d’Avignon, France (16-17, 19-22.07.2007)
The project is coproduced by: TR Warszawa, Comédie de Valence Centre Dramatique National Drôme-Ardèche, Maison de la Culture d’Amiens – Scène Nationale and TNT – Théatre National de Toulouse – Midi-Pyrénées.