“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+