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Two and a half billion seconds (Dwa i pół miliarda sekund)

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Samuel Beckett “Two and a half billion seconds”
Translated by: Antoni Libera, Jacek Gąsiorowski
Directed by: Iwona Kempa
Set: Tomasz Polasik
Premiere: January 13, 2007
In 2006 is the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Samuel Beckett. The performance “Two and a half billion seconds” was created to celebrate the genius of the Irish playwright. The performance includes: “The solo”, “Lullaby”, “Hey Joe”, “Foirade II” and “Square”. In addition to rarely staged one-act plays, Toruń theater also proposes one television play (“Hey, Joe”) and a fragment of prose (“Foirade II”). All works are written with mathematical precision and require the same from performers. In his work, Beckett posed the most elementary questions concerning the man – about birth, the sense of being, inevitability of man’s end. One-act plays chosen for this evening show five variants of the same human destiny. Let’s meet with the characters “on the edge of the light.”

Starring: Ewa Pietras, Teresa Stępień-Nowicka, Mieczysław Banasik, Sławomir Maciejewski, Paweł Tchórzelski.

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes. (without a break)

“Two and a five hundred million seconds” based on the works of Samuel Beckett is the performance of taming death prepared with masterly precision. The director Iwona Kempa paints the most common topos of dying – we see visions of our own death, leaving as a well-deserved rest, suicide as revenge on the living. Toruń theater in one-acts “Square”, “The solo”, “Lullaby”, “Hey Joe” and the passage of prose “Foirade II” presents the most cruel kind of death – from loneliness. (…) In “Two and a five hundred million seconds” you can feel the spirit of Beckettian perfection and the willingness to use various theatrical conventions. The play strongly acts on emotions – and this effect is achieved by using very economical means. Good acting and raw scenery are enough to, after the performance, come back to the world with difficulty, the world in which death seems to be as non-obvious and remote as in childhood. (Grzegorz Giedrys, “Gazeta Wyborcza” – Toruń, 16.01.2007)

Translated by: Antoni Libera, Jacek Gąsiorowski
Directed by: Iwona Kempa
Set: Tomasz Polasik

Ticket prices: normal – 20 PLN, reduced – 15 PLN,