THE CRAZY LOCOMOTIVE
Written by Stanislaw I. Witkiewicz
Translated by Daniel C. Gerould
Directed by Andrew Krukowski
Assistant director Beata Pilch
Opened: January 2000
“The six stalwart cast members navigate the script’s treacherous psychological terrain with ferocious good humor, clawing their way through each bewildering moment like predators on the hunt. It’s a buffonish, perverse, assaultive, and exhilarating ride, just the kind Witkiewicz must have envisioned.”
– Justin Hayford, The Chicago Reader
CAST: Beata Pilch, Nicole Wiesner, Wesley Walker, Troy Lindsey, Shannon O’ Neill and Ryan Oliver
LIGHTING DESIGN: Richard Norwood
SOUND DESIGN: Ania Czerwinska
COSTUME DESIGN: Beata Pilch, Andrew Krukowski
SET DESIGN: Dave Correia
STAGE MANAGER: Temple Lentz
GRAPHIC DESIGN: Wesley Walker
VIDEO (EPILOGUE) DIRECTOR: Frank Carridi
VIDEO DESIGNER: Tom Pendergast
VIDEO EDITOR: Carrie Holt
VIDEO WARDROBE: Imma Curl
When a small band of outcasts and super villains hijack a locomotive engine, they determine to race it full-throttle into an oncoming passenger train in order to experience the very Mystery of Existence, but will their high-speed adventure send them headlong into another dimension, or are they only heading for disaster?
Written in 1923, this avant-garde gem serves as Witkiewicz’s indictment against futurism, the cinema, and the worship of the machine.
Equal parts paradox and parody, metaphysics and mayhem, THE CRAZY LOCOMOTIVE takes audiences on a dream-like journey into madness.
This is your brain on Witkiewicz.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT:
Stanislaw I. Witkiewicz was a Polish poet, painter, playwright, novelist, photographer, expert on drugs, and philosopher. He is one of the most brilliant figures of the European avant-garde. A consummate artist who incessantly crossed disciplinary boundaries, he experimented widely in photography, painting and drawing, theatre, philosophy, and fiction between WWI and WWII. Among his most well-known works are the transgressive novel Insatiability, his 1933 work Narkotyka comprised of surrealistic portraits and drawings created and written under the influence of a wide array of narcotics (work which predated similar experiments by Michaux among others), his fractured photographic self-portraits using mirrors and his plays The Madman and the Nun, The Water Hen, The Mother, The Anonymous Work, and The Shoemakers. Witkiewicz committed suicide shortly after the outbreak of war in September of 1939.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR:
Andrew Krukowski was born in Poland. From 1980-1984 he attended the Film School in Lódź, with alumni that included Roman Polański and Krzysztof Kieślowski. After graduation, he worked in theaters throughout Poland, Germany and the Untied States. His first directorial debut was in 1985, Schaeffer’s Audience: 3.