by Hanoch Levin
directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - Saturday, October 20, 2007, 7:30 PM
Bam Harvey Theatre
651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY
Tickets: $20, $30, $35, $45, Tel: (718) 636-4100 or online www.bam.org
BAM 25th Next Wave Festival
The Polish Cultural Institute presents TR Warszawa, one of Poland's most vital theater companies, on its return to BAM with the U.S. premiere of Krum by Hanoch Levin the influential Israeli playwright whose work is rarely produced in the U.S as part of the 25th BAM Next Wave Festival. As directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski, who made his U.S. directorial debut with a haunting production of The Dybbuk at BAM's 2004 Next Wave Festival, Levin's morality tale centers on a community lost in hopelessness and devoid of any faith in love, family, or marriage. Against a backdrop of striking films of modern-day Tel Aviv, Warlikowski elicits gripping performances in this actor-driven work which includes some of Poland's most celebrated actors.
The performance is co-produced by Stary Teatr (Krakow). Major support is provided by the Trust for Mutual Understanding, with additional support from the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.
The play begins with the return of Krum, the prodigal son, to the delight of his mother and friends. He returns home as a failure to a community suffering from widespread resignation, loneliness, and apathy. Krum soon succumbs to the pervasive malaise; he becomes a passive observer of the persistent rhythm of marriages, births, and funerals that have become so devoid of significance that weddings resemble wakes. The characters in Krum are willing to endure great sacrifice and humiliation to escape from their solitude, but time and again they surrender to passivity. Having lost all of his youthful passion, Krum is forced to confront his own mortality and unfulfilled desires instead of sinking further into a static life. Performed in Polish with English subtitles.
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