Absolute loyalty: that of a director to his actors, that of the performers to Ritter, Dene, Voss, also know as Wittgenstein’s Nephew. First assembled in 1996, reunited in 2006, the clan is back together again some 20 years later.

Faithful through the years despite the early betrayals and consistant quarrels, the cast seems to be stuck together for better or worse, just like this family in a place where «everything of value was drowned in soups and sauces».

Very few of us can claim to be complete strangers to those words, to the feeling of a dormant volcano. It’s so cleverly depicted by tormented  genius Thomas Bernhard that every line is a quote. The whole is a bitter sweet symphony.

The lunch table is the altar on which the sick and wounded is sacrificed by a stronger kind of sick. The alcoholic sister, the neurotic eldest sister, the sick brother. « She despises my inner self but I have to eat her doughnut ». The blackmail-kind-of-love, the prison-kind-of-affection, a vision of the human kind « holding on to the very contracts (…) that make it choke ». Irresistibly sketched, the human race is depicted in all its grandeur.

Krystian Lupa, Illustration © Araso
Krystian Lupa, Illustration © Araso

Wittgenstein’s Nephew a play by Krystian Lupa whom the Festival d’Automne à Paris has portrayed in its 2016 edition.
The play is currently performed at the Théâtre de la Ville – Les Abbesses from December 13th to 18th 2016.

Text : Thomas Bernhard
Traduction : Jacek S. Buras
Stage direction & scenography : Krystian Lupa
Music : Jacek Ostaszewski
Sound : Mieczyslaw Guzgan
Scenography Assistant : Piotr Skiba
With : Malgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik, Agnieszka Mandat, Piotr Skiba