THE ETHICS OF THE HISTORY OF PRL (PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF POLAND) IN WOJCIECH TOMCZYK'S PLAYS (Etycznosc historii PRL w dramatach Wojciecha Tomczyka
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Wojciech Tomczyk, the author of plays 'Vampire' (2002) and 'Nuremberg' (2005), partcipates in a playwright discussion on the period of PRL. The debate started after the political overthrow of 1989. It aims at recovering history, taken over by 'them' as well as regaining individual and collective identity of Poles, distorted by manipulations of power, and - above all - getting over the trauma of communism. Tomczyk's works show the time of PRL on a macro-scale - the functioning of the state apparatus - and on a micro-scale - the entanglement of the individual in history. What makes those plays interesting and unique, is that - contrary to earlier works raising the topic (e.g. 'Citizen Pekosiewicz' by Tadeusz Słobodzianek) - they do not create a black and white image of reality and they go beyond not much sophisticated poetics of a documentary. Thanks to the complexity of the depicted world and the metatheatrical devices, Tomczyk does not evaluate PRL, but calls for a major, authentic discussion on the moral consequences of the period.
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