Mono w Instytucie: Opowieść o okrutnym zbójniku Folsztyńskim i nieszczęsnym kacie Houlszce
The play The Tale of the Cruel Robber Folstein and the Unfortunate Hangman Holchuska deals with the order of power and political games. Allusions to the "Prague Spring" can be heard in it. It tells of a political system that excludes opposition. However, the essential value of Zelinka's text is the colourful characters of the King, the Robber and the Hangman and the relationships and games between them. The Kings represent the current government, the Robber represents the opposition and the Hangman represents the apparatus of oppression. In Zelinka's story, however, they are all first and foremost human beings - with their weaknesses, ambitions and unexpected flashes of greatness. The tensions between them are full of sparks, but also lead at times to emotion. The play's unusual ending, which, however, should not be divulged.
The premiere of the performance took place in April 1989 at the Festival of One-Actor Theatre in Toruń, where the monodrama won the Grand Prix, Journalists' Award, Bydgoszcz City Mayor's Cup and, especially important for the creator of the performance, the Award for the selection and creation of the literary text. In the same year, the performance won the Lidia Zamkow and Leszek Herdegen Main Prize at the Wrocław Meetings of One-Actor Theatres.
After the performance there will be a conversation with Jarosław Gajewski, moderated by Mateusz Nowak, the series curator.