chapter  14
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Let Grotowski Sacrifice Masculinity Too

ByCharles Ludlam

In his production of Calderon's The Constant Prince, Grotowski has chosen to eschew the play's prophecy, and what I believe to be its focal image:

Of the six characters Grotowski preserves from the original, the Phenix is the only woman. It is she, a living treasure, who will be the ransom of the dead Prince. In Grotowski's production all six characters are of equal strength. The Prince's ordeal, although exquisite in conception, lacks dimension without the earthly beauty of this woman to counterpoint his spiritual perfection. The Phenix might as well be a man.