Cezary Goes to War

theater, Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival

September 29, 2018 , 7:30 pm

[4th Floor]

The play deconstructs military ethos and pride to make the audience aware of their toxic dimensions and oppressiveness. It draws on the author’s personal experience of having to appear before an army conscription committee. This memory serves as the vehicle for a funny, witty and spot-on critique of nationalistic war discourses, which resonates with particular force in modern-day Poland. Using elements of Moniuszko’s and Szostakiewicz’s musical compositions and Nijinsky’s ballet Afternoon of a Faun, the director engages the audience in a series of subversive identity games that not only undermine gender norms but also turn the military ethos on its head.

Cezary Goes to War (Cezary idzie na wojne) is presented by Komuna Warszawa, Warsaw, Poland. Conceived and directed by Cezary Tomaszewski. Script by Justyna Wasik, music by Claude Debussy, Georg Friedrich Handel, Stanislaw Moniuszko, Dimitr Szostakowicz. Cast: Michal Dembinski, Weronika Krowka, Oskar Malinowski, Bartosz Ostrowski, Lukasz Stawarczyk.

This performance is part of the 2018 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival, the second edition of a unique festival presenting in New York City the best in Central European theater.

Free and open to the public. RSVP is required. For more information and to reserve your ticket, please visit www.bohemianbenevolent.org.

Organized by: Vaclav Havel Library Foundation