Ms Citizen Kane

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16 January – with English surtitles

Orson Welles’s famous film of 1941, “Citizen Kane,” is the story of an American press mogul, the model for whom was William Randolph Hearst, a man who was unafraid to flaunt his wealth and his Republican views. “Ms Citizen Kane,” a play by Jolanta Janiczak and Wiktor Rubin, is inspired by the story of his granddaughter.

This twenty-year-old student, Patty Hearst, was kidnapped in 1974 by the covert SLA group, known for its left-wing terrorism, and ended up joining its ranks in robbing a bank and other acts targeting the social order established, among others, by her own family. The play’s authors use this story to look at the mechanisms disabling people from acknowledging their own emotions, motivations, and desires. The old forms of culture—represented by the works of art being carted away in the last scene of Welles’s “Citizen Kane”—are unable to express today’s tangled, repressed, and contradictory emotions and feelings, in which we feel lost, for which we are forever seeking expression, to better understand ourselves and our reality. Like a chameleon, Patty Hearst finds her feet perfectly both as an heir to a fortune and as a terrorist struggling against her family’s inheritance. Unlike her grandfather, she promoted a civil activism, as there was no longer time to wait for reality to fix itself.

Cast:

  •     Małgorzata Gałkowska    
  •     Dorota Segda    
  •     Marta Ścisłowicz (a guest actress)    
  •     Bogdan Brzyski    
  •     Roman Gancarczyk    
  •     Krzysztof Globisz    
  •     Radosław Krzyżowski    
  •     Łukasz Stawarczyk    
  •     Szymon Sobecki (guest)    

Creators:

  •     Wiktor Rubin    Director
  •     Jolanta Janiczak    Script, dramaturgy
  •     Łukasz Surowiec    Scenography, video
  •     Marta Szypulska    Costumes
  •     Krzysztof Kaliski    Music
  •     Szymon Kluz    Lighting director
  •     Monika Winiarska    Assistant director and scenographer
  •     Kalina Dębska    Assistant director

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  • Organiser: Stary National Theatre
  • PLN 80/50
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