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03. 08. 2015. Department

„Mary Stuart” - a new diploma play directed by Grzegorz Wiśniewski who comes back to Studyjny Theatre after a great success of „Kamień”. Pre-premiere performances already on starting this Wednesday.

Extremely good news for theatre goers starved of good drama. You’ll be able to satisfy your appetites with a portion of excellent drama – „Mary Stuart”, the first acting students’ diploma play in the new academic year.

Why „Mary Stuart”? The fourth year students of acting were eager to stage a classical play which deals with the theme of manipulations in the world of royals and aristocracy and their passions. And that’s why the play “Mary Stuart” by Friedrich Schiller written in 1800 was chosen. On stage two powerful characters: Queen Elizabeth I and imprisoned by her, Mary, Queen of Scots. The struggle between them is not only a fight where life is at stake but equally significant are the issues of power, pride and basic, primeval, almost animalistic instincts so close to human nature.

According to the director Grzegorz Wiśniewski „Mary Stuart” is perfect for a diploma play – it provides the young actors with fully-fledged characters and at the same time artistic challenges.

The fourth year students acting in the play are: Maria Dębska (Mary Stuart), Michał Floriańczyk (Amias Paulet, Aubespine), Filip Jacak (George Talbot), Jakub Nosiadek (Mortimer), Maja Pankiewicz (Queen Elizabeth I), Krystian Pesta (Lord Burleigh), Krzysztof Rogucki (Wilhelm Davison) and Bartosz Sak (Earl of Leicester). Schiller’s play „Mary Stuart” staged at the Studyjny Theatre was translated by Jacek Buras. Direction, art direction, costumes and light direction: Grzegorz Wiśniewski. Assistant director: Krystian Pesta, a fourth year acting students. Music: Rafał Kowalczyk.

Each play directed by Grzegorz Wiśniewski and staged at the Studyjny Theatre was a great artistic event just to name the last ones: Mark Ravenhill’s „Shopping and fucking” and Marius von Mayenburg’s „Kamień”, which was recognized as one of the best performances of the past season by theatre critics and theatre goers. This time, with great pleasure, we recommend the play „Mary Stuart”, the first of the diploma plays in the coming season. The pre-premiere performances will take place at the Small Stage of the Studyjny Theatre on 29, 30 & 31, July, at 19.07. The pre-premiere performances are free of charge, however, it’s necessary to book the seats at: biletyst@filmschool.lodz.pl or on the phone: 42 63 64 166.

photos: Agata Opalińska