Groundbreaking when it was written in 1923 and a popular production still today, The Madman and the Nun
takes place entirely in cell at a lunatic asylum. Polish poet and playwright Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz wrote the play, which centers on a "madman" and poet named Alexander Walpurg. Way ahead of its time, The Madman and the Nun
makes for a funny, compelling attack on medicine, academia, and our seemingly futile attempts at controlling the "demons" of existence. The subtitle to this short play in three acts and four scenes gives a glimpse at its tone: There Is Nothing Bad Which Could Not Turn Into Something Worse.
Hanna Bondarewska directs this Ambassador Theater production, which utilizes the English translation by Daniel Gerould.
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