Under the Influence

Opening night

The Main Stage
1 h 45 min.

Regular Tickets:
30–60 zł

Reduced FareTickets:
25–45 zł





Maja Kleczewska directing
Łukasz Chotkowski dramaturgy
Łukasz Chotkowski, Maja Kleczewska theatre scenario
Marcel Sławiński, Katarzyna Sobańska (MIKSS) set design
Konrad Parol costumes
Cezary Duchnowski music
Kacper Fertacz cinematography&lights
Artur Rej, Przemysław Chruścielewski film editing
Bartek Gburek lights on film set
Piotr Gburek, Michał Sendek sounds on film set
Kamil Małecki, Andrzej Sepioł cameras
Daria Kasprzak cello
Anna Mazurek (AST WRD), Zbigniew Wróbel director's assitants
Dominika Żłobińska, Marta Wieczorek, Maciej Czuchryta set designers' assistants
Marcin Całka stage manager
Kaśka Dudek prompter
Małgorzata Długowska-Błach executive producer
Magda Hueckel photos
Joanna Górska, Jerzy Skakun (HOMEWORK) poster


Sandra Korzeniak Mabel
Piotr Bułka Nick
Anna Kadulska Nick's Mother
Ewa Leśniak Mabel's Mother
Andrzej Dopierała Lover
Antoni Gryzik Mabel's Father
Wiesław Kupczak Olaf
Arkadiusz Machel Arek
Marek Rachoń Shrink
Artur Święs Artur
Andrzej Warcaba Andrzej
Zbigniew Wróbel Zbyszek
Mateusz Znaniecki Mateusz/Rabbit

Marcin Całka Marcin
Kaśka Dudek Tina
Mariusz Konieczny Mariusz
Sebastian Krysiak Sebastian
Piotr Stanusz Piotr

Mabel's Children
Liwia Dziurosz
Igor Karaszewski/Franciszek Wardas
Julia Tudzierz

Olaf's Children
Filip Moczek
Franciszek Moczek
Aniela Tudzierz



In 2017 Maja Kleczewska received one of the most prestigious theatre awards in Europe: The Silver Lion for innovation in the theatre, awarded at the Theatre Biennial in Venice.

In Katowice, after many long, improvised productions that are a sinusoid of emotions, success, and defeat, Kleczewska created perhaps the shortest play in her oeuvre: the 100 minutes stun with the temperature of Sandra Korzeniak’s role, the memorable Marilyn Monroe from Krystian Lupa’s drama.

The starting point was the film by an American experimenter John Cassavetes with Gena Rowlands. Entitled “Woman Under the Influence” (1974), it won a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination. Cassavetes created a tale of a hypersensitive woman slowly falling into madness while tending to home and progeny. He spun the tale drawing from his own experience of becoming fully devoted to the care for his children.

Maja Kleczewska transferred the mental madness Mabel plunges into to a world of an industrial city and a male worker environment. She’s trying to accept it, just like she opens to her husband. However, she cannot count on reciprocity. She is so very different, oversensitive, and maladjusted to the reality that the perception by the opinionated “normal world” and family can be nothing short of brutally biased.

Sandra Korzeniak is victorious in a confrontation with the film protagonist, as she created an unforgettable role of a woman with “her body outside”, painfully touched by the brutality of the world and men. The unnerving effect of being taken into the internal world of the heroine comes not only from the close-ups from the cameras that disclose what is happening behind the drawn curtains at home and in the woman’s psyche but also from Donizetti’s and Catalani’s music performed by Agata Zubel.

Sztuka Współczesna Prapremiera


The Konrad Swinarski Award for the Best Theatre Director in the season 2017/18 (for Maja Kleczewska and her „Under the Influence” from Teatr Śląski)

Best Production Award of 11. International Theatre Festival DIVINE COMEDY for „Under the Influence” 

Best Actress Award of 11. International Theatre Festival DIVINE COMEDY for Sandra Korzeniak

> The award for Sandra Korzeniak and actors crew of „Under the Influence” spectacle (Prapremieres Festival in Bydgoszcz 2018)