I first presented Mauser in Athens in 2009 on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Heiner Müller’s birth. Mauser is a political piece par excellence, considered to be a nodal play in world drama and Heiner Müller’s work. Starting from the historical circumstance of the civil war between Bolsheviks and Tsarists, Müller explores the ethics of revolution, dogmatism, the depreciation of human life, and the defeat of communism. He involves the dramatis personae in the cogs of the machine that produces executioners and makes them confront the primitive violence likely to arise in the course of a revolution. Mauser was a gun that the rebels, the victors, used to execute their enemies with. Symbolically, Mauser is death, war machine and the end of crime. Müller’s play and our performance are based on the notion of overstepping the mark, the moment that creates either heroes or criminals. […]

Heiner Müller’s Mauser in Poland… The play bears witness to the anguish of an entire nation. In an era of moral decline and commercialisation, such plays may be redemptive, as long as we capture their core meaning. […] On an ontological level, Mauser probes deeply into human nature and addresses all the questions posed by ancient Greek tragedies: What is the human being? What is it all about? What is man, this stranger who in some circumstances – during a war or civil war – is capable of killing, becoming a murderer, a slaughterer?
Theodoros Terzopoulos

  • Director, adaptation, installation, lighting ― Theodoros Terzopoulos
  • Text ― Heiner Müller’ Mauser, translated by Mateusz Borowski and Małgorzata Sugiera
  • Performers ― Bartosz Bielenia, Przemysław Błaszczak, Jolanta Góralczyk, Jan Hussakowski, Marcin Misiura, Przemysław Wasilkowski
  • Director’s assistant ― Antonis Myriagkos
  • Photo installation ― Johanna Weber
  • Music ― Panagiotis Velianitis
  • Lighting engineer ― Janusz Bilicki
  • Sound engineer ― Paweł Nowak
  • Set construction ― Andrzej Walada, Krzysztof Nawój
  • Stage manager ― Piotr Jacyk
  • Production ― The Grotowski Institute
  • Premiere ― 9 October 2012

Created as part of the Masters in Residence programme

  • Even though Mauser was first staged in 1975, the play has not lost its relevance. […] It is a valuable testimony to the friendship and bond between the Greek director and the German playwright. The artists met in Berlin in the early 1970s, when young Terzopoulos worked as assistant director and took part in the rehearsals of Berliner Ensemble.

  • Terzopoulos has demonstrated great sensitivity to the Polish experience of revolutionary movements. […] inviting an audience including major figures of the political scene in recent decades, who assumed the role of a silent crowd watching a trial of the heroes of a revolution.

    Adam Karol Drozdowski | Teatr


Date and hour

15 October
16 October
17 October


Running time

60 minutes