Poland’s Narodowy Stary Teatr of Kraków will make its Lincoln Center Festival debut appearance with the U.S premiere of Krystian Lupa’s staged production of Kalkwerk (The Lime Works). The venture is presented with support from the Polish Cultural Institute
Based on Thomas Bernhard’s brutal, surrealist 1970 novel, Kalkwerk is the psychologically complex story of Konrad, a scientist mentally imprisoned by his obsessive work, and his crippled wife, whom he holds captive in an abandoned lime works.
Internationally renowned as one of the leading artists of our age, Polish director Krystian Lupa has worked in theaters all over Poland, as well as in Germany, Greece and Austria and in 2006 at the American Repertory Theatre in Boston. He has been honored with every major Polish theater award and numerous European honors.
Narodowy Stary Teatr, one of the oldest Polish professional theater companies, was formed in Kraków in 1781, and has remained an important part of Polish culture throughout its history. Since 1994, the Stary Teatr has been a member of the Union of European Theatres, an organization of the leading theater companies in Europe.
Performances begin July 14 through July 18, 2009, 7:00 pm at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater located at John Jay College, 899 Tenth Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets. Kalkwerk is performed in Polish with English supertitles. The Running time is 4 hours with two intermissions.
Tickets are on sale at 212-721-6500, online at www.LincolnCenterFestival.org, and at the Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall Box Offices, 65th Street and Broadway.