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play "My Life as a Rabbit"

original title Moje zycie krolicze 
original language Polish 
playwright Izabela Filipiak
original represented by
Drama and Theatre Agency
phone: 00482217839871
mail: Warsaw
e-mail: agencja.adit@qdnet.pl
title of translation My Life as a Rabbit 
language of translation English 
translator Izahal
synopsis My Life as a Rabbit by Izabela Filipiak has a female cast and offers a farcical image of a lesbian couple's "domestic bliss" whose only 'intruder' is a television set. The action is limited to their domestic sphere only, so a confrontation between the private/personal and the public/political is avoided but represented in a symbolic way. Characters Z. and H. announce from the very beginning that "they will make love in thoughts" because they are too exhausted by life to perform with their bodies. This way, the focus is instantly shifted to emotional, intellectual and cultural spheres without de-sexing the characters at the same time. In other words, their sexual life is presented through other activities. Keeping to their promise, Z. and H. simply sleep, talk, fight and offer each other comfort, then argue again between themselves and against the TV. The dialogue centres on childhood, love, motherhood, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness as seen from their perspective and filtered through their experiences, fears and (homo-erotic) desire. After watching a TV programme on lesbians, which promotes myths and stereotypes, Z. reaches the conclusion that, if they are to remain together, the television must go. In fact, being an agreeable couple, they compromise: in the final scene a silent TV set ends up on their sofa, while they sit on the TV table, as if to suggest that from now on the TV will watch them to correct the misconceptions and false myths it promotes.
    This ostensibly light-hearted comedy is a revealing metaphor for how our thinking about gender and sexual behaviour is constructed by the outside world (represented here by TV). In short, Filipiak successfully reveals what stereotypes conceal. Many serious questions underline humorous and thoughtful dialogues: What happens when female sexuality is placed outside the 'heterosexual regime' where it can freely explore and express itself? How then can the 'feminine' libido exhibit itself?  How does a woman's sexuality,  when it is liberated from heteronormativity, affect her behaviour, views and attitudes? And finally, how does a woman's perception of the world change when she becomes a 'knower' and 'explorer' rather than an object to be known and explored? 
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