The Master and Margarita
based on the novel by MIKHAIL BULGAKOV
directed, translated and adapted by WOJCIECH KOŚCIELNIAK
songs' lyrics by RAFAŁ DZIWISZ
music by PIOTR DZIUBEK
set design / video art by DAMIAN STYRNA
costumes by BOŻENA ŚLAGA
choreography by JAROSŁAW STANIEK
lighting design by BOGUMIŁ PALEWICZ
assistant director: AGNIESZKA KOZAK
assistant choreographer: JOANNA ZIEMCZYK
PREMIERE 28 OCTOBER 2013
DURATION 3 HOURS 50 MINUTES, ONE INTERMISSION
Woman: JUSTYNA SZAFRAN
Woland: TOMASZ WYSOCKI
Master: RAFAŁ DZIWISZ
Margarita: JUSTYNA ANTONIAK / MAGDALENA WOJNAROWSKA
Ivan Homeless: MARIUSZ KILJAN / MICHAŁ SZYMAŃSKI
Koroviev: BŁAŻEJ WÓJCIK
Behemoth: MIKOŁAJ WOUBISHET
Pontius Pilate / Doctor Stravinsky: KONRAD IMIELA
Yeshua: CEZARY STUDNIAK
Asasello: BARTOSZ PICHER
Berlioz: ANDRZEJ GAŁŁA
Aphranius: ARTUR BOCHEŃSKI
Hella: EWELINA ADAMSKA-PORCZYK
Natasha: AGNIESZKA ORYŃSKA-LESICKA
Frieda: BOGNA WOŹNIAK-JOOSTBERENS
Bengalsky: TOMASZ SZTONYK / ARTUR CATURIAN
Fokich: TOMASZ LESZCZYŃSKI
Praskovia Fiodorovna: ELŻBIETA KŁOSIŃSKA
Nikolai Ivanovich: MACIEJ MACIEJEWSKI
Abadonna: ŁUKASZ WÓJCIK
Annushka: MAŁGORZATA FIJAŁKOWSKA
Brunette: EWA SZLEMPO
Jazz-Negress: EMOSE UHUNMWANGHO
Adelphina: MAŁGORZATA SZEPTYCKA
Baron Meigel: ADRIAN KĄCA
Citizen: MAGDALENA WOJNAROWSKA / JUSTYNA ANTONIAK
Foreign Tourist Bureau Staff: JANINA GARBIŃSKA-BUDZIŃSKA, WOJCIECH KUPCZYŃSKI
BOŻENA BUKOWSKA, DOMINIKA JÓZEFOWIAK, OLIWIA KUKUŁKA, MAJA LEWICKA, KATARZYNA MAŁECKA, ANETA MAZUR, BARBARA OLECH, JOANNA ZIEMCZYK, PIOTR MAŁECKI, JAN NYKIEL, MICHAŁ PIETRZAK, MICHAŁ SZYMAŃSKI, PAWEŁ TYSZKIEWICZ, KRZYSZTOF TYSZKO
leader, piano: PIOTR DZIUBEK / RAFAŁ KARASIEWICZ
violin: BEATA WOŁCZYK, accordion: JACEK BERG / PIOTR DZIUBEK
bass: JAKUB OLEJNIK / ADAM SKRZYPEK, percussion: DARIUSZ KALISZUK / MICHAŁ POLAK
tuba: PIOTR HAŁAJ / PIOTR KOSIŃSKI, guitar: MAGDALENA CZWOJDA / MACIEJ MAZUREK
trombones: KRZYSZTOF CHLEWICKI, MATEUSZ MENDYKA, ADRIAN WILGA, MARCIN WOŁOWIEC
trumpets: ALEKSANDER KOBUS, MAREK KUBISZYN, ADAM LEPKA, MAURYCY WÓJCIŃSKI
oboe: EWA SOBCZYK, bassoon: MAKSYMILIAN ROGACEWICZ
saxophones: KAROL GOLA, WŁADYSŁAW KWAŚNICKI, SZYMON NIDZWORSKI, TOMASZ PRUCHNICKI
clarinets: MICHAŁ SICIŃSKI, MARCIN WRÓBEL, TOMASZ ŻYMŁA
Master: I hate this novel.
Woland: Yet it will still bring you surprises.
Those who know Bulgakov's novel remember the key given to a reader
at the very beginning of the book. This is a quote from "Faust" by Goethe,
the famous question for Mephistopheles and his answer:
- Who then art thou?
- Part of that power which still
Produceth good, whilst ever scheming ill.
Action of "The Master and Margarita" begins in a Moscow park, The Patriarch Ponds. A stranger, accidentally met by two writers, turns out to be Satan himself – this short acquaintance will become an experience as much unreal as painful to his interlocutors.
And soon tired, numb Communist Moscow is going to witness "complete chaos", unleashed by the hell envoys.
Apparently, there are times, when the devil appears to be the only righteous one on earth. Satan in Moscow gives people a mirror, in which they can see their worst vices, mercilessly exposed: greed, pride, lust for power, deceit and betrayal. But he also reminds that there is a force more powerful than evil and hatred - a real, true, eternal love.
Such love that makes people capable of sacrifices, madness in the name of affection, courage against all odds, one that merged Margaret and Master. For these two however the happiest end would be – death. Not light, but peace, he same for which await all sinners without hope. Like Pontius Pilate, the hero of the Master's ill-fated novel, tired of his immortality, wishing only a brief conversation with "the itinerant philosopher" Yeshua Ha-Nocri, whom he have once sentenced to Golgotha.
On the way through the Soviet Moscow and Jerusalem from two thousand years ago all the stage characeters are accompanied by A Woman, a mysterious narrator, indifferent witness, maybe the causer of events. Let her remain a mystery, just as Bulgakov's unreal topography of Moscow, meaningful names, intertwined era.
Gazeta Wyborcza Wrocław: This performance is a masterpiece!
Polska The Times Gazeta Wrocławska: It is hard to enumerate virtues of the "Master and Margarita" musical...
Radio Wrocław: It is here (at Capitol) where audience at any age receives both, entertainment and reflection maintained on a high level.
Wroclaw.pl: It is worth going to see this performance in order to realize what a good musical should look like.
Radio Wrocław: We have got Broadway in Wroclaw, and even better!
Dlastudenta.pl: The director does not waste time on overt interpreting, he does not deconstruct the story, he lets the novel speak for itself. And the story – with its real humour, grotesque, but also reflectiveness – perfectly defends itself.
Nowa Siła Krytyczna: This is a performance in which surely every admirer of Bulgakov's novels will find a motif for which he fell in love with the book, an adaptation is musically fascinating and in individual scenes brilliant.
Teatralny.pl: The performance at the Capitol combines both a commercial and artistic quality: you can have real fun as well as time to ponder. Of course within reason, it is a musical after all.
Teatralia: It is a musical performance on the highest level – like at the greatest theatres in the world.
Dziennik Teatralny: A monumental show which puts virtues of the literary prototype on a pedestal.
Wojciech Kościelniak, author of the adaptation, director of the Capitol theatre in 2002-2006, is one of the most outstanding artists of musical theatre in Poland. His performances have a unique, individual touch, described by theatre critics as the "third way" - an attempt to bridge the gap between classical opera, operetta and a typical Broadway musical.
The music is written by Piotr Dziubek, musician, composer, arranger, associated with Capitol Musical Theatre, where he composed music for many shows, including "The Idiot," "Frankenstein," "I, Peter Riviere..."
Author of arrangements and musical director of several concerts at The Stage Songs Review, works with many theaters throughout the country.
Lyrics come from Rafał Dziwisz, the songwriter, actor and singer. His previous collaboration with Piotr Dziubek and Wojciech Kościelniak resulted in several editions of CDs, containing hits from the musicals they have created together ("The Idiot" and "Frankenstein" in the Musical Theatre Capitol, "Lalka", "Chłopi" and "Zły" in the Musical Theatre in Gdynia).
Jaroslaw Staniek, choreographer, dancer, director and screenwriter. He choreographed many musicals staged in Poland, among others "Grease", "West Side Story," "Jesus Christ Superstar", made the first Polish hip-hop musical "12 Benches". He is the winner of several prestigious awards for choreography.
The stage design - and a poster with the logo of the show – is designed by Damian Styrna, graphic artist, graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Krakow, production designer and author of video art for many concerts, performances and television shows. In his theatrical work he skillfully uses the value of the workshop graphics, and innovation that brings the world of art projects, communication and design together.
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