This witty tale by Jerzy Łukosz can be understood on many levels. One of them deals with the process of transformation Poland has been going through. We observe mental twists and turns of a Polish family under the oppression of capitalism. An individual bound by the newly born system is getting less compassionate and more self-centred. Another important field of the author’s interests is a dynamic nature of human relations.
The main characters: Gucio (an alcoholic, thief and dangerous murderer, very low IQ), a Blond Man (appeals to Gucio's soul), Deskorolek (a junkie, Gucio's mate; they work together); a Woman (she gives the police Gucio's address)
The supportive characters: Gucio's mummy (a prostitute), Gucio's Girlfriend, Her Lover, also: some of the Men and Women that Gucio killed; a millitary commando and the police (they catch Gucio and interview him); gangsters;
This contemporary drama tells the story of how we adjust to various roles that life brings us. The action takes place in the basement where a group of some homeless people have found shelter. There’s Kaśka, Adidas, Picuś and the Professor. Their community is based on solidarity: together they obtain food etc.. but Kaśka’s role is to satisfy men’s sexual needs. One day two newcomers show up in the basement: Lilka and Jaś, both from good families, with a comfort of social security and safe future.
A man called “Old”, after many years, comes back to his hometown from his journey to South America. Many “benevolent” people turn up, a soon as he arrives, as they suspect they could make business with “Old”. “Old” comes up with an idea of creating a museum of butterflies he brought from America. The project could change the life of theprovince, but nobody believes it could come true. The only people who care about something in the little town are“Old”, “Crazy” and the “Drunkard”- the defender of the poor.
Playing with the convention of “theatre within theatre”, Łukosz tries to visualize a suicide of a romantic couple in modern surroundings.
In his play Figura mocks some religious bigots and shows how they function in capitalism. By changing moods and leading us to unexpected turns of the action, the author voices an important question about the role of the church in the contemporary world.
A German version by Marie Hauptmayer
A play in 22 scenes for two actors.
Jakubowski’s debut play. The first, long scene is an encounter of a simple woman, tired and conscious that she had lost in her life with a ruthless journalist. He wants to exploit and make profit out of her sorrows. She had several stillbirths before she gave birth to her beloved son, Staszek. Her husband, Zygmunt was an alcoholic and he died soon after Staszek was born. Jakubowski shows the moral ambiguity of the woman who drives her son to suicide by her passionate, dangerous love.