The Promised Land

The Promised Land

Polski Teatr WroclawGreed is good! Jan Klatas adaptation of the "The Promised Land" by Wladyslaw Reymont will be staged in Berlin

The Promised Land Foto: Bartosz Masz

An adaptation of the rarely staged novel by Władysław Reymont, analysing the mechanisms of capitalism, and describing the obstinacy of the free market game on the basis of three characters who establish a factory in Łódź, one of whom is Polish, the other German, and the third Jewish. They use the differences in their backgrounds and customs for effective operations and beat the competition.

Jan Klata together with dramaturgist Sebastian Majewski, consistently streamlined the original plot – in the play, not only is there no mention of Łódź, but also the characters’ nationalities do not play any part in the world created by the director. Karol Borowiecki, Moryc Welt, Maks Baum, Müller and Zucker are deprived of their „Polishness”, „Jewishness” and „Germanness”. In the global world of today’s business this is of no relevance.

Klata wanted to stage Reymont’s novel as a counterpart to Oliver Stone’s famous movie Wall Street (1987). The Oscar winning hit about a young broker trying to succeed in the trade, perfectly presented how dishonesty, greed and ruthlessness in business can devastate people. This is why the play begins with a monologue referring to the ruthless manipulator Gordon Gekko’s speech starting with the words „Greed is good!” This phrase is displayed in the background of the stage throughout nearly the entire play, with a few neon lights.

In his version of Promised land, Klata abandoned linear storytelling. Instead, with the use of comprehensible shortcuts he signals particular threads, e.g. the fire in Borowiecki’s factory. He uses artistic means of expression known from his previous work, deeply embedded in modern culture and its pace. The director once again employs music with incredible touch and precision. He knows how to appeal to both the masses and the elite in a non-trivial way, thus creating an effective image of desire and greed.

The action of the play is located in a factory hall, turned into an exclusive club with pool tables and go-go dancers. Klata completely abandoned the original interpretation. He proposed a modern story about a world of wealthy men who sit with their laptops at glass tables and exchange unimaginable amounts of money, possibly women or other goods. It is the process of getting rich that matters to the director.

Klata directs a play about women who do not fit in a world created by men. About globalization, which is not a woman, and about women who do not want to have anything to do with global capitalism because it is in them where cultural values and love last.

Directing and musical compilation – Jan Klata
Adaptation – Jan Klata, Sebastian Majewski

Co-production with the Festival of Four Cultures Dialogue in Łódź and Hebbel am Ufer theatre in Berlin

The text is taken from Teatr Polski official press material.


Theater Hebbel am Ufer, HAU 2, Hallesches Ufer 32
31.05. and 01.06.2010, 20:30
within the festival "Polski Express" in Berlin
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