Grzegorz Grabowski ( a guest actor)
A graduate of the Acting Department of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków (2007)
12 February 2009 – The National Stary Theatre , Kraków
His performance in the diploma presentation”Like Alaska” (2007) brought him ZASP Award at the Festival of Polish Theatre Schools in Łódź, and he received the Marta Award at the International Festival of Theatre Schools in Brno for the roles of the Controller and of Russel in Harold Pinter’s short plays. Less than two years later, the actor joined the ensemble of The National Stary Theatre. Boyish qualities and apparent physical and mental fragility make Grzegorz Grabowski an ideal performer of suffering, persecuted, oversensitive characters such as Eyolf in “Brand. The City. The Chosen Ones” based on Henrik Ibsen and directed by Michał Borczuch, the miserable Sak in “Pan Tadeusz” by Adam Mickiewicz, directed by Mikołaj Grabowski, and George Gibbs in “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder, directed by Szymon Kaczmarek. This actor is able to surprise audiences with his physical fitness and power of expression, which he displayed in the roles in Jan Klata’s “The Wedding of Count Orgaz”, and Wojtek Klemm’s “The Bakery” and “Anatomy Titus Fall of Rome”. He played the stirring character of the simple, stubborn Peasant whose opinions nobody cares to hear in “The Battle of Warsaw 1920” by the Strzępka/Demirski duo. “The Peasant (Grzegorz Grabowski) might have joined the branch of the Red Army which formed near Białystok, but his instinctive fear doesn’t allow it. (…) Driven from place to place by the Marshal and endlessly forced to act out the slapstick choreography of death – he dies not for his homeland, but because, quite simply, he annoys people and gets in their way. Although the Peasant gets shot, he comes back to life and importunately returns in later scenes – as a reproach and the voice of reason which nobody wants to hear’, stated Joanna Wichowska in her analysis of the play. Grzegorz Grabowski gained attention with the role of Crazy Karol in the visually refined production of “Woyzeck” directed by Mariusz Grzegorzek; with hysterical determination he also transformed himself into three “historical” characters (Władysław/Jan Sobieski/Wrosoch) from the pantheon of iconoclastic individuals in Alfred Jarry’s “King Ubu” directed by Jan Klata. He plays the part of Kuba in Jan Klata’s rendition of “The Wedding” by Wyspianski: “a remarkable show of strength of the multi-generational acting ensemble of the National Stary Theatre,” as Jacek Wakar wrote.