język polskijęzyk angielski


Female cast
Male cast
Original language of the play
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Original title

This is a play based on a true story about a man who hid his narcissism under the mask of a self-proclaimed messiah. A charismatic priest manipulated women and, having gained their trust, sexually abused them. The young monk preys on the loneliness of his female listeners and their sense of alienation. He notoriously leads them astray theologically, arouses a sense of guilt in them ('you did not pray earnestly enough'), makes them dependent on him by using various manipulation techniques. It is a response to the silence of God.

After some time, the Messiah achieves his goal – he rapes the women, telling them beforehand that this is the only way to cure them of the sin of impurity. The Messiah revels in his sense of superiority, although in conversations with Church dignitaries and the congregation, he presents himself as a martyr who takes on the burden of alleged sins. In the meantime, the shameful practices intensify:


"WOMAN 1 We knew what was happening.
All of us. Every one of us.
Every one of us.
But we were obedient.
We kept everything a secret.
We only had to bring bread and water.
Every day, at eight in the morning, we left
a metal bowl and a tin cup.
When he entered her,
several times a day,
he filled her with the Holy Spirit.
Later he made us beat her.
He took the belt from his habit.
Several hundred strokes.
No one protested.

He brought her salvation."

The manipulated followers nip their doubts in the bud – they have given too much to this man, so they rationalise their behaviour and suppress their emotions. Besides, they have to deal with the society’s judgement:

"WOMAN 2 Someone recently said he didn't know how you could be so stupid.
Now no one would follow him, trust him, believe him.
And I’ll tell you differently.
He would touch each of you, he would mark each of you."

The situation of the victims is worsened by a curious (in the text accompanied by a large dose of ironic humour) investigation conducted by the Church’s representatives. Gradually, however, they regain their voice.

Zdunik juxtaposes fast-paced dialogues and monologues, in which biblical language and poeticism mix with the obscene:

"did they like it?
salty thick sticky?
did Christ's body fit inside them?
were they choking on salvation?
were they all wet when he nailed them?"

The author creates a space for the victims, for women; nevertheless, in the finale the female characters ask rhetorically if people will actually be ready to listen to the apostles of the new truth.