The first staging of “The Master and Margarita” in the history of the Wanda Siemaszkowa Theatre in Rzeszów, by Mikhail Bulgakov, had its premiere on March 30, 2018. With a performance directed by Cezary Iber, the Theatre in Rzeszów celebrated International Theatre Day.
Can the masterpiece of world literature, which has enjoyed success for decades and has been staged in theatres all over the world, still be presented in a revealing way?Can the original stage solutions embrace the whole richness of the novel and go hand in hand with its deep message?
Prepared with great theatrical panache, and at the same time faithful to the spirit of the novel, the staging provides extraordinary experiences - both to fans of Mikhail Bulgakov's work and to those who will discover it for themselves thanks to the theatre. The love story of the Master and Margarita, biblical events in Pilate's garden, a black magic show at the Variété Theatre, a great ball at Satan's. All the most important spaces of the novel found their place in the performance. Because "The Master and Margarita" is not only a fascinating story about the dark world of Woland. It's about fundamental and conflicting concepts, such as good and evil, mercy and selfishness. A fascinating lesson about good people, their vices and devilish tricks - not only in Moscow in the 1930s.
Cezary Iber – a graduate of the Acting Department at the State School of Performing Arts in Wrocław. After winning several theatre awards for acting and after completing his master's degree, he found that acting was his greatest disappointment, and decided to study directing at Łódź Film School. He took part in international film workshops: EAVE Film Marketing Workshop in Luxembourg, and Passion to Market in London, Łódź and Paris. While he was a student he made a few short films, including Dokładnie tam [Precisely there]which received ING Nationale Nederlanden award for the screenplay. He also directed an independent documentary entitled Dialog [Dialogue], filmed in Iceland, as well as a few TV documentaries.
It turned out he studied film directing to become a theatre director. He made his debut in Polish Theatre in Wrocław where he directed Blanche and Marie (2011) based on texts by Per Olov Enquist, but in fact he treats each new play as if it was to be his debut again. His earlier theatre productions include Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead in Toruń (2014), Garnitur prezydenta[The President's Suit]in Współczesny Theatre in Wrocław (2016), Scorched in Wanda Siemaszkowa Theatre in Rzeszów (2016) as well as Nabuco in Wrocław Opera Theatre.
He is a lecturer at the Academy of Performing Arts in Wrocław, he also designs choreography and continues to write screenplays; he directs films, mainly documentaries, and continues to believe he will debut as a director of feature films. Eternal debutant.