A Piece on Mother and the Fatherland is the group psychotherapy of a nation obsessed with mourning, suffering and sacrifice. Jan Klata stages an African ritual, he cures of Polish pomposity using rhythm, music and mockery.
Joanna Derkaczew, Gazeta Wyborcza
The great achievement of the author and the creators of the show lies in the successful fusion of all story levels, all its shades, into a single organism. The mother – a Holocaust survivor who infects her daughter with her wartime trauma, makes her a slave to her vision of the world and forces to participate in the endless daily ritual of sick memory – is at once the fatherland – Poland – that forces her citizens to mark successive bloody anniversaries and celebrate days of national mourning, and the patriarchal culture.
Aneta Kyzioł, Polityka
About the director of the play "A Piece on Mother and the Fatherland": Jan Klata (1973) - Theatre director, playwright. He studied directing at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw, after which he moved to Cracow’s State Higher School of Theatre. In 2002, he provided his play The Grapefruit’s Smile to the competition accompanied the first edition of the Wroclaw’s Contemporary Drama Forum EuroDrama. He was awarded and got a chance to direct the debut performance based on his own text. Later, the production was kept in the repertoire of Polski Theatre in Wroclaw. Next performances he directed at the Jerzy Szaniawski Drama Theatre in Walbrzych (Nikolai Gogol’s The Inspector General, 2003, in Wspolczesny Theatre in Wroclaw (Vatican’s Cellars by André Gide, 2004; in Wybrzeże Theatre in Gdansk (H. based upon William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, 2004;, in Stary Theatre in Cracow (Oresteia by Aeschylus, 2007), Rozmaitości Theatre in Warsaw (his own play Cut it out, 2006; Shoemakers at the Gates based upon Witkiewicz’s Shoemakers, 2007), Schauspielhaus in Graz (Shakespeare’s Richard III, 2006), Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus (Shoot / Get Treasure / Repeat by Mark Ravenhill, 2010), Schauspielhaus Bochum (America by Franz Kafka, 2011, and The Robbers by Friedrich Schiller, 2012) and the Capitol Theatre in Wroclaw (Jerry Springer – The Opera by Richard Thomas and Stewart Lee in, 2012). After six years he returned to Polski Theatre in Wroclaw and directed the award-winning production of The Danton Case by Stanisława Przybyszewska (2008), and later A Piece on Mother and the Fatherland by Bożena Keff (2011) and Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus (20120 [co-production with Staatsschauspiel Dresden]. In January 2013, Jan Klata became the general and artistic director of Stary Theatre in Cracow.