CANCELLED: KRYSTIAN LUPA’s THE TRIAL

We regret to announce the cancellation of The Trial due to the withdrawal of financial support from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute (IAM), the international exchange program of the Polish Cultural Ministry.

In a statement written in response to the cancellation, Mr. Lupa writes: “The declaration of Minister Glinski (Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland) is clear: Artists who do not sympathize with the current leadership’s cultural policy, who criticize its values, decisions and actions will be treated as enemies of Poland and will not be supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in any form.” READ HIS FULL STATEMENTLEARN MORE IN OUR PRESS RELEASE

JOIN US FOR A PANEL DISCUSSION & MARATHON READING
MARCH 8 FROM 1PM

Join us for a panel discussion & marathon reading in response to the cancellation of Krystian Lupa’s The Trial. NYU Skirball will join with The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, PEN America, and CUNY’s Segal Center to present a marathon reading of Kafka’s novel on March 8 at 3 pm. The reading will be preceded at 1 pm by a panel discussion with Mr. Lupa and others on the global escalation of artists-at-risk. RSVP is recommended but not required.

 

“Lupa’s productions have long been revered beyond his native Poland.” The New York Times

“Someone must have been spreading lies about Josef K, for without having done anything wrong he was arrested one morning.” This is the first sentence of Franz Kafka’s mysterious, provocative, unfinished novel, The Trial. We never get to know why the protagonist was arrested, what he has been accused of, or whether he is innocent or guilty. He has entered the labyrinthine judicial system that birthed the term “Kafkaesque,” and there are no exits. Iconic Polish director Krystian Lupa’s theatrical adaptation of this seminal work is a five-hour journey into absurdity that darkly echoes our current political realities.

Polish theater director and set designer, Krystian Lupa, is known for his “laboratory rehearsals,” an organic method of working with text and actors. Nowy Teatr was founded in Warsaw in 2008, with Krzysztof Warlikowski as its artistic leader, and a group of his long-term collaborators. It has produced six of Warlikowski’s works, as well as theater productions, lectures, concerts, and exhibitions. In April 2016 the company moved to a refurbished postindustrial hall in the heart of Warsaw. nowyteatr.org

Performed in Polish with English supertitles. Advisory: Kafka’s The Trial is appropriate for ages 18+

 

Tickets

Sun, Mar 8 @ 1:00pm

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