Actors

Actors

Zygmunt Józefczak

Zygmunt Józefczak

A graduate of the Acting Department of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków (1969).
1 July 1969 – 31 August 1971 – The People’s Theatre, Kraków
1 September 1971 – The Stary Theatre, Kraków

Zygmunt Józefczak’s performances express the quintessence of the Kraków acting school with its precision of language, depth of analysis, formal courage and openness to experiment. One of Józefczak’s first roles at the Stary Theatre was as the Guardian Angel in Swinarski’s “Forefather’s Eve” – making full use of form, the actor suffused the character with an expressiveness of gesture, an emotionality of “beauty and good”. He has acted in plays directed by Jerzy Jarocki, whose influence helped shape him as an actor. Krystian Lupa has drawn elements of surreality out of Józefczak’s acting. Prince Philip in “Ivona, Princess of Burgundy”, Prince Padoval de Grifuellhes in “The Anonymous Work”, Józef in “The Dreamers”, George Bengalsky in “The Master and Margarita”, the Last Pope in “Zarathustra” – these are characters saturated with the pain of existence and on the brink of madness. Also memorable for audiences have been the title role in Marek Fiedor’s “Don Juan”, a cruel encounter with the myth of the eternal seducer, and grotesque Gonzalo in Mikołaj Grabowski’s “Tango Gombrowicz”. In productions by directors of the younger generation, the actor combines formal “madness” with technical precision. In such roles as Mr. M. in Michal Borczuch’s “Werther”, Goszczyński in “The Tovianists, Kings of the Clouds” by the Janiczak/Rubin duo, Sigismund I the Old in “Gallery of Polish Kings” and the Actor and Osric in Krzysztof Garbaczewski’s “Hamlet”, Józefczak bravely immersed himself in a new theatrical space. The character of King Vaclav, soaring through the mists of absurdity in Jan Klata’s “King Ubu”, and a private and theatrical integration into the space of Michał Buszewicz’s experiment-play, “A Technical Question”, reveal Józefczak as an intriguing and inquiring actor.

Awards

1995 – Polityka distinction in the ranking of Polish actors for the most interesting roles of the season – the role of the Priest in “Don Quixote” by M. Cervantes, dir. M. Fiedor

Decorations

2005 – Silver Cross of Merit, presented by the President of Poland
1981 – Silver Award of the City of Krakow for social work for the city

In the Theatre

In the repertoire

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