Opening Night: 6 November 2021
Author: Franz Kafka 
Title: The Castle
Original Title: Das Schloß
Translators: Krzysztof Radziwiłł, Kazimierz Truchanowski
Director: Paweł Miśkiewicz

Auditorium: Wierzbowa Street Hall
Running time: 3 hours 10 min including one interval

 

The Castle

An adaptation of the unfinished novel by one of the most important writers of the 20th century, Franz Kafka

Paweł Miśkiewicz runs away from popular interpretations of Kafka. By taking the protagonist on a circus-carnival journey, he asks questions about the essence of joie de vivre, about the variance with with despair and existential emptiness.

K. appears in an unnamed town, eager to get to the castle of the title, cut off from the life of the town. By shattering the existing norms, it pulls the residents out of their lethargy. In the encounter with the supposed savior, the characters begin to experience themselves anew.

author of stage adaptation, director: Paweł Miśkiewicz
set and costume design: Barbara Hanicka
music: Rafał Mazur
choreography: Oskar Malinowski
lighting design: Jacqueline Sobiszewski
voice coach (for children from the Alla Polacca choir): Anna Bednarska

Cast:

K. Dominika Kluźniak
Frieda Justyna Kowalska
Innkeeper, Erlanger Ewa Konstancja Bułhak
Olga Edyta Olszówka
Mizzi, Peppi, Amalia Anna Gryszkówna / Aleksandra Justa
Schwarzer, Mayor, Burgel Mateusz Rusin
Barnabas Paweł Tomaszewski (guest actor)
Innkeeper, Landlord Maricn Przybylski
Teacher, Momus Adam Szczyszczaj
Assistant Jeremiah Karol Dziuba
Assistant Arthur Kacper Matula
Coachman, Gerstacker Dariusz Górski (guest actor)
Rafał Mazur (guest actor) live music

and
Paweł Miśkiewicz – The Voice from the Castle (off)

Jan ArtyszOlivier DerkaczMichał PietruczukAntoni Wasilewski, Szymon ZajączkowskiMichał Żurawski – Children 


Production team:

  • director's assistant: Kacper Matula
  • sound technicians: Marcin Kotwa, Maciej Rybicki
  • lighting technicians: Łukasz Obuch-Woszczatyński, Tomasz Księżak
  • stage manager: Adam Borkowski
    prompter: Anna Leszczyńska
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Licence for this stage production was granted by the Society of Authors – ZAiKS.

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