The Maidens of Wilko


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21.10 – the play will be performed with English surtitles.

Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz might have been taken off guard by this adaptation of his beautiful novel at the Stary Theater in Krakow. But this remains speculation. We can be sure that The Maidens of Wilko, directed by Agnieszka Glińska is a very interesting interpretation of his prose, and an excellent play.

Visiting Wilko after fifteen years, Wiktor rifles through his memories and attempts to reconstruct his own self. Meeting women from his past makes him face the emptiness and vanity of his own existence, the wartime experience has robbed him of his capacity to feel. But in this play, the eponymous maidens – the sisters from Wilko – are not just a specter of femininity and a projection of the protagonist, they acquire their own voices and identities. Agnieszka Glińska and Marta Konarzewska consciously appropriate Iwaszkiewicz’s narrative and give the floor to the female characters in the story. We see Wiktor through their eyes, and we also find out how the passing of time has altered them. Where does life begin and end? When do we decide about ourselves? What are personal freedom and our life-altering decisions? Agnieszka Glińska’s play weaves Iwaszkiewicz’s story into these questions in our day.


  • Szymon Czacki
  • Aldona Grochal
  • Ewa Kaim
  • Adam Nawojczyk
  • Paulina Puślednik
  • Anna Radwan
  • Jacek Romanowski
  • Dorota Segda
  • Michał Balicki (AST)
  • Natalia Kaja Chmielewska (AST)
  • Robert Ciszewski (AST)
  • Przemysław Kowalski (AST)


  • Agnieszka Glińska Director / development and adaptation
  • Marta Konarzewska Development and adaptation
  • Monika Nyckowska Scenography
  • Jagna Janicka Costumes
  • Igor Nikiforow, Jerzy Rogiewicz Music
  • Jacqueline Sobiszewski Lighting director
  • Franciszek Przybylski Video
  • Weronika Pelczyńska Choreographic consultation
  • Ewa Wrześniak Stage manager / prompter
  • Paulina Puślednik Assistant director
  • Anna Rogóż (ASP) Assistant scenographer
  • Ewa Pieronkiewicz (ASP) Assistant costume designer



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