Enigma Theatre Company presents ”The Madman and The Nun” By Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz known as ”Witkacy” – a Polish Beckett

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March 26, 2014 by Smock Alley

“Witkiewicz created a theater of the absurd twenty years before Beckett, Ionesco, and Genet. He himself was a living model of the avant-garde, advancing the frontiers of drama, fiction, aesthetics, philosophy and painting” (Daniel Gerould)

”Between genius and madness, between heaven and hell…”

Can we explicitly define madness? ”Is love not just: two animals that the desire each other until they lose the senses?” – Inquired Witkacy. 

Smock Alley Theatre and Enigma Theatre Company invite you to the premiere of a new adaptation of the avant-garde drama ”The Madman and the Nun” by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz (Witkacy), directed by Karolina Szemerda and Serina Griffin, which will be held in June 2014 in Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. A promotional video featuring key scenes from the play will be launched in the following days following this press release.

This is the first adaptation of Witkiewicz by Karolina Szemerda, founder and director of the Theatre Enigma.

”The Madman and the Nun” provokes a change of thinking, exploring the conflict between the individual and society, where characters thrown into the grotesque reality of a hospital for the insane have to fight for their individuality. The concept of ”Bardo” – an intermediate state between death and rebirth, reality and fantasy, madness and insanity, love and hate, faith and despair – occupies a prominent place within the drama. Witkiewicz’s heroes are desperately searching for their own identity within the modern world and are constantly accompanied by fear and a sense of alienation in an inverted upside down world.

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Why we are afraid to go outside our comfort zone, beyond our limits? Why hide true desires and impulses? Sister Anna (Niamh Large) and a dangerous madman (Shane Robinson), locked up in a mental institution, constrained by the system, scientific experimentation, and the authority of the church and state ask the timeless question:”Who am I?” Enigma Theatre attempts to define the idea of authority in the modern world and puts our rationality and the meaning of existence into question. The initiative is a project supported by the Polish Embassy in Dublin.

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