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November 16, 2018, 1:00 AM
The Lang Theater Program at The New School Presents:
The Uncanny Adventures of Robert Robur
Co-Directed by Krzysztof Garbaczewski’s and Jim Fletcher
Thursday - Saturday, November 15th - 17th @ 8PM
Sunday, November 18th @ 3PM
150 First Avenue 2nd Floor of 122 CC New York, NY 10009
The play is an adaptation of the last, unfinished novel by Mirosław Nahacz, “The Unusual Adventures of Robert Robur”. Its action takes place in the future, when the media has taken total control of reality, fabricating information that society blindly believes. Public opinion is shaken, however, by a series of mysterious deaths, and all the clues lead to the protagonist, Robert Robur, a young screenwriter. As revolutionary fervor builds and a group of rebels plots the overthrow of the Office of Energy dictatorship, the audience follows attempts to solve the mysterious murder case. The sensational plot becomes a pretext for the director to play with the conventions of crime novels and science fiction films. Like in the novel, Garbaczewski denounces an oppressive media hegemony and all that’s lost as a consequence of the absolute rule of virtual reality. And things that a decade ago, when the book was written, seemed like nothing but the author’s imagination, today, in the era of “second reality” and the tyranny of the Internet, have taken on extremely sinister and realistic form and meaning.
In “Robert Robur”, serious reflections on the insidious trap that technological progress sets up for us are interwoven with numerous pop-culture games and references. The aesthetic of the depicted world is very much defined by campy exaggeration. And playing with cinematic associations and literary tropes, in addition to providing outstanding entertainment value, is used here to create a coherent, dystopian vision of a future that is, quite unexpectedly, already here.
featuring Eugene Lang College Students:
(In Alphabetical Order)
And Jim Fletcher
Adapted, Directed, Sets, Lighting, & Sound Design by: Krzysztof Garbaczewski
Co-Directed by: Jim Fletcher
Stage Manager: Arielle Grossmann
Assistant Stage Manager: Tonni Terekhova
Video Design and Costumes: Marta Nawrot i Jagoda Wojtowicz
Video Camera Operator: Jagoda Wojtowicz
Acting Coach: Anna Podolak
Production Manager: Tomek Smolarski
House Managers: Monica Jones, Zach Ezer
Technical Director: Matt Mauer
Sound Technician: Michael A. Hernandez
Dramaturgy Mentor: Victoria Abrash
Dramaturgs: Jamie Corley, Rajan Dumbhalia, Alexandra Iseman, Eva Silverman
Krzysztof Garbaczewski (b. 1983 in Białystok) Theatre director, author of adaptations serving as the basis of his so-called theatre installations, which combine performance, visual arts and music. His trademark collage/syncretic style, the use of video projections and live transmissions are related to our contemporary cyber-sensibility. Garbaczewski’s spectacles address the most important existential matters and search for liminal experiences. The director stages unobvious juxtapositions, for instance by situating the Romantic protagonists of Juliusz Słowacki’s Balladyna a genetics laboratory. He also confronts the question of contemporary Polish identity. A graduate of the Faculty of Theatre Directing and Dramaturgy at the Ludwik Solski State Theatre School in Cracow. Honoured with numerous awards, such as the “Passport” award of Polityka weekly. Krystian Lupa’s assistant in Factory 2 at the Helena Modrzejewska National Stary Theatre in Cracow (2008). He debuted with Elfriede Jelinek’s A Sport Play in Opole (2008). His adaptations include The Tibetan Book of the Dead (Polski Theatre in Wrocław, 2009) and Kronos by Witold Gombrowicz (Polski Theatre in Wrocław, 2013). Director of the spectacles Odyssey (Jan Kochanowski Theatre in Opole, 2009), The Sexual Life of Savages (Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, 2011), The Death Star (Jerzy Szaniawski Dramatic Theatre in Wałbrzych, 2010), Balladyna (Polish Theatre in Poznań, 2013) and The Sky of Stone Instead of Stars (Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, 2013). Often collaborates with Aleksandra Wasilkowska on stage design. Garbaczewski also staged Victory Over the Sun (Grand Theatre – National Opera, 2014), The Tempest (Polski Theatre in Wrocław, 2015) and Hamlet (Helena Modrzejewska National Stary Theatre in Cracow, 2015). In June 2016 Garbaczewski directed Robert Robur based on an unfinished novel by Mirosław Nahacz Robert Robur's Incredible Adventures / Niezwykłe przygody Roberta Robura, published two years after the author's death. Garbaczewski transfers dystopian reality, created by the writer to the world of media and virtual reality.
This year, Garbaczewski staged Feast (Nowy Teatr in Warsaw). In 2017 he directed Plato’s “Symposium” at Nowy Theatre in Warsaw, Reymont’s “The Pheasants” at Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw, and Wyspański’s “Liberation” at Studio Theatre in Warsaw.
In 2018 he directed “Nietota” and “New Territory” at Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw. He also directed in 2018 “Miron Białoszewski/ Allen Ginsberg VR” in New York at The Performing Garage.
In 2018 he also initiated an artistic collective Dream Adoption Society, an artistic collective based in Warsaw, focused on virtual and augmented reality in the context of theater, performance and contemporary art exploring new technologies to create immersive, performative experiences.
Jim Fletcher is a founding member of New York City Players theater company with Richard Maxwell, with whom he has performed for two decades. He has worked significantly with The Wooster Group, most recently in A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique) (2018). Jim plays in the ongoing production of Gatz, by Elevator Repair Service, most recently in Abu Dhabi this fall. He works regularly with the British theater company Forced Entertainment. With Krzysztof Garbaczewski he has performed in several works, most recently, New Territory (2018) and Ginsberg/Bialoszewski (2018).
Presented by Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
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