| "Ingenious. Exceptional
acting complimented by a visual banquet of design.
This time-defying, entralling collage of lust, fear, guilt, rage and emptiness
is not for the faint-hearted."
--EdinburghGuide, 2005 Edinburgh Fringe
minutes fly by. Unforgettable. The stuff of theatrical genius."
-- British Theatre Guide, 2005 Edinburgh Fringe
SAINT OEDIPUS -- which reflects on the myth
of Oedipus and the nature of human sexuality -- is performed as a psychedelic
game between two actors: a man and a woman, a mother and a son. Uncommonly
visual with a rich musical score, "SAINT OEDIPUS (performed in English)"
is written and directed by Theatre Wierszalin's
Piotr Tomaszuk, who drew not only from the
Oedipal myth, but also from Thomas Mann's novels "Doctor Faustus"
and "The Holy Sinner," the book of Psalms and the medieval tales
"Gesta Romanorum" to create this original work for the stage.
"SAINT OEDIPUS" is performed by Edyta Lukaszewicz-Lisowska
and Rafal Gasowski. Scenic design is by Jan Zavarsky, costume design by
Eva Farkasova, music by Piotr Nazaruk, with direction and lighting by
An award-winning writer and director in his native Poland, Piotr Tomaszuk
co-founded the Theatre Wierszalin in 1991. The company -- which draws
upon the traditions of Jerzy Grotwoski and Tadeusz Kantor -- earned Edinburgh's
Fringe First Awards for ROLL A PEA, MERLIN and DOCTOR FELIX. A graduate
of the Theatre Department of Zelwerowicz State Theatre Academy in Warsaw,
Tomaszuk was the artistic director of the Miniatura State Theatre in Gdansk.
In 1994, he won one of Poland's most prestigious theatre awards, the Konrad
Swinarski Prize. Wierszalin Theatre's productions have been presented
at international festivals in Germany, UK, Italy, the U.S., Japan, Mexico
The NY-based Polish Cultural
Institute is dedicated to promoting and nurturing cultural ties between
the US and Poland. During the Polish Cultural Institute's first three
years, its consistently sold-out productions have grown in scope from
the 50-seat Knitting Factory to the 2000-seat Carnegie Hall. It has collaborated
with cultural institutions including La MaMa, Art at St. Ann's, Lincoln
Center, BAM, Collective Unconscious, and MoMA. Previous productions include
a critically acclaimed adaptation of Gombrowicz's satirical novel FERDYDURKE,
Slawomir Mrozek's OUT AT SEA & STRIPTEASE and SERENADE & PHILOSOPHER
FOX; plus a spectacular four-night performance under the Brooklyn Bridge
of street-theatre classic CARMEN FUNEBRE.