Wojciech Pszoniak: The Teacher

We have the pleasure of inviting you to a monodrama within the 33rd Modern Art Days festival!


May 23rd, 2018, 7:30 PM
Forum Cinema, 5 Legionowa Street
tickets: 25 PLN (presale) / 35 PLN (on the day of the event), available at the Forum cinema’s box office (5 Legionowa Street), BCC/LZC’ box office (19 Warszawska Street), online

We also invite you to a meeting with the artist after the performance is over!

“The Teacher”, a play written by Jean Pierre Dopagne, a Belgian playwright, is a story of a teacher of literature at a school for so called troubled youth.

His work, so far performed with a sense of mission, gradually changes into a restless game, when, every day, he has to face students, who have all ideals for nothing. His poetic nature must be confronted with the behaviour of youth deprived of any role models.

The play, directed by Michał Kwieciński, has already been shown in tens of countries all over the world. It provokes discussion and poses many questions concerning the teacher – student relationship. The premiere performance took place in the autumn of 2004. One of the most outstanding Polish actors – Wojciech Pszoniak – takes the role of the protagonist teacher.

Script: Jean Pierre-Dopagne
Translation: Bogusław Forsztęga
Direction: Michał Kwieciński
Stage design and costumes: Irena Biegańska

Wojciech Pszoniak
One of the most extraordinary acting talents. He made his debut in 1968 in Klątwa by Stanisław Wyspiański, directed by Konrad Swinarski.

In the 70s Pszoniak was both an outstanding theatre actor, with so important roles as the one in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest staged at Powszechny Theatre, and an extraordinary film actor. The best known films he starred in from those days are, among others: The Wedding (Wesele), Pilate and Others (Piłat i inni), The Promised Land (Ziemia obiecana). His international career in the movies started from roles in Volker Schlöndorff’s The Tin Drum by and Andrzej Wajda’s Danton.

Since 1982 Wojciech Pszoniak has been living in Paris, where he performs in theatre and films. His greatest achievements are Ubu Rex directed by R. Topor, The Shop Around the Corner at Montparnasse Theatre and l’atelier at Hérbetot Theatre.

In the 90s, Wojciech Pszoniak started to be a more and more frequent performer in Poland, sending people into paroxysms of laughter in The Dinner of Fools (Kolacja dla głupca) or causing true emotions in l’atelier (Pracownia krawiecka).

For years, his artistry has been appreciated by the critics and audience from theatres in Poland, England, France and all cinemagoers, who have seen his films.


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