Premiere: “Terribly Funny based on Horribly Sad” dir. Ewa Kaim

Premiere: “Terribly Funny based on Horribly Sad” dir. Ewa Kaim

On May 27th at 7:30 pm on the New Stage of the National Stary Theatre the long awaited premiere of the play “Terribly Funny based on Horribly Sad” directed by Ewa Kaim based on Fred Apke’s play “Horribly Sad” (“Furchtbar traurig”) with the script of Marta Konarzewska.


Adults turn back into children (…), their delight is caused by the chance to let their thoughts roam free, without having to respect the obligatory rules of logic, which could just remind them of something too painful to abide.

Sigmund Freud


Farce and life are bound by a slender thread. It is nothing other than a game, and like all games, it is mainly played according to prearranged rules.

Henri Bergson


He and She meet in a strange place at an unusual hour. She has come to “soak up” some moonlight, He seems to have never left this place. This place at the edge of a precipice – what is it? She says she wants to catch her breath in silence, but then she can’t seem to stop talking. He does not care for her presence, he wants no dialogue, but then berates her in a crazy fit. Sometimes he can be ruthless: “To get the desired result, comedy requires temporarily anaesthetizing the heart.” For much of the time, things are terribly funny – a farce plays out between Him and Her. As the night wears on, however, cracks begin to show in the comedy, revealing its true causes, a despair at taking charge of something where all other methods of control have come to nothing.


“We built a totally new world around Fred Apke’s play. It served us as an ironic close-up on two people grappling with the tragedy of loss. We posed questions about the possibility of forging bonds, closeness, sensitivity, all over again. Through comedy we  speak of a very difficult moment in their lives, maybe the most difficult.”

Ewa Kaim


“With Fred Apke’s consent, we created a play, a variation on Furchtbar traurig. The subplot from the past we added brings in a theme that is crucial right now: loss. The sudden loss of the life we know, a sudden frailty, love – right now this is not about “universality.” The world demands we be in the here and now… Too many young people do not love the world enough to stay in it.”

Marta Konarzewska 



Dorota Segda

Zbigniew W. Kaleta


Director: Ewa Kaim Director

Translation: Marta Klubowicz Translation

Script: Marta Konarzewska Script

Scenography, costumes, video, lighting director: Mirek Kaczmarek

Music: Łukasz Bzowski

PREMIERE: May 27 / New Stage

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