Based on Fred Apke

Terribly Funny based on Horribly Sad

Stary Teatr (Krakow, Poland)
Translated by Marta Klubowicz

1h 30' without intermission

Dorota Segda, Zbigniew W. Kaleta

Adults turn back into children (…), their delight is caused by the chance to let their thoughts roam free, without having to respect the obligatory rules of logic, which could just remind them of something too painful to abide.

Sigmund Freud

Farce and life are bound by a slender thread. It is nothing other than a game, and like all games, it is mainly played according to prearranged rules.

Henri Bergson

He and She meet in a strange place at an unusual hour. She has come to “soak up” some moonlight, He seems to have never left this place. This place at the edge of a precipice – what is it? She says she wants to catch her breath in silence, but then she can’t seem to stop talking. He does not care for her presence, he wants no dialogue, but then berates her in a crazy fit. Sometimes he can be ruthless: “To get the desired result, comedy requires temporarily anaesthetizing the heart.” For much of the time, things are terribly funny – a farce plays out between Him and Her. As the night wears on, however, cracks begin to show in the comedy, revealing its true causes, a despair at taking charge of something where all other methods of control have come to nothing.

“We built a totally new world around Fred Apke’s play. It served us as an ironic close-up on two people grappling with the tragedy of loss. We posed questions about the possibility of forging bonds, closeness, sensitivity, all over again. Through comedy we speak of a very difficult moment in their lives, maybe the most difficult.”

Ewa Kaim

“Too many young people do not love the world enough to stay in it.”

Marta Konarzewska

Directed by Ewa Kaim
Script and adaptation by Marta Konarzewska
Video: Mirek Kaczmarek
Lighting supervisor: Mirek Kaczmarek
Set and costume design: Mirek Kaczmarek
Music: Łukasz Bzowski
Production manager: Krzysztof Sokołowski