Krystian Lupa’s Kalkwerk (Thomas Bernhard) at Lincoln Center Festival

I guess this has more to do with Austrian literature than Polish, but I have to say I’m excited to see Krystian Lupa’s adaptation of Thomas Bernhard’s 1970 novel Kalkwerk (translated into English as The Lime Works) tomorrow night at the Lincoln Center Festival. Lupa, who is one of Poland’s most prominent directors and has arguably had more direct influence on younger directors like Warlikowski and Jarzyna than more illustrious names like Grotowski or Kantor, is well known for his adaptations of Austrian literature in particular: Robert Musil’s The Man Without Qualities (the only work of his I’ve seen), Hermann Broch’s The Sleepwalkers, Bernhard’s Extinction, Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, among others. This is Lupa’s second production in the United States, but the first of his Polish productions to be staged here (Kalkwerk premiered in Krakow in 1992; it is remounted here with the original cast). It is also the first Polish play ever to appear in the Lincoln Center Festival.

More information on Lupa can be found on his website: Kalkwerk opened last night and runs through Saturday, July 18th.

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