"What’s eating Gilbert Grape" premiere soon in Warsaw
Thanks to the involvement of the experts in the field of disability and obesity, as well as the process supervisor, we are looking for representation-based forms of theater production. We ask questions about the dignity of those who cannot hide their differences from the norm. The premiere of the show will take place in Warsaw, in Powszechny Thater October 21st.
– Something wrong at home?
– There’s always something wrong at home.
["What’s eating Gilbert Grape", Peter Hedges]
Each of us has a body. Each of us also has a family. More or less complete, better or worse at functioning. However, they are always the structures that position us in society from the first day of our lives.
The Grapes are a specific family with specific bodies. Ellen is going through a period of rebellion and puberty, Arnie has Down syndrome and is constantly hiding somewhere, Amy never rests, Bonnie wears her fat body like armor, Gilbert just wants peace and quiet, and Albert is dead. And somehow it goes by day after day, month after month, from breakfast to dinner, from one birthday to the next.
"What's Eating Gilbert Grape" is a story where the drama of the body meets the drama of the family, it’s an attempt to look at a life in which love disappeared under a layer of entanglement, pain and trauma. Did it disappear completely?
We reach for the cult novel by Peter Hedges to discover the truth told by a simple family story treated with care and attention. The truth, not our idea of it.
Thanks to the involvement of the experts in the field of disability and obesity, as well as the process supervisor, we are looking for representation-based forms of theater production. We ask questions about the dignity of those who cannot hide their differences from the norm.
Is there a place in contemporary theater for crip – the liberation of people with disabilities – and for the liberation of people with fat bodies? Can this even work?
Do the Grapes still stand a chance?
The play "What's Eating Gilbert" Grape is directed by Karolina Kowalczyk and written by Natalia Królak. It is their joint project as part of the "Change – Now!" initiative, an international educational program led by the Theater Academy in Warsaw. The aim is to develop new proposals for theater education and practices, based on democratic and team principles (sometimes distant from the traditional teaching models), responding to dynamic social transformations and changing conditions of work in culture, taking into account the transformations that are taking place in the theater environment after the pandemic. An important element of the program is the production of performances by young artists, created in cooperation with renowned Warsaw theaters, based on the synergy effect: an exchange of good practices and mutual learning.
A show for viewers aged 15 and over.