Orson Welles’s famous film of 1941, Citizen Kane, is the story of an American press mogul, the model for whom was William Randolph Hearst, a man who was unafraid to flaunt his wealth and his Republican views. Ms Citizen Kane, a play by Jolanta Janiczak and Wiktor Rubin, is inspired by the story of his granddaughter. This twenty-year-old student, Patty Hearst, was kidnapped in 1974 by the covert SLA group, known for its left-wing terrorism, and ended up joining its ranks in robbing a bank and other acts targeting the social order established, among others, by her own family. The play’s authors use this story to look at the mechanisms disabling people from acknowledging their own emotions, motivations, and desires. The old forms of culture—represented by the works of art being carted away in the last scene of Welles’s Citizen Kane—are unable to express today’s tangled, repressed, and contradictory emotions and feelings, in which we feel lost, for which we are forever seeking expression, to better understand ourselves and our reality. Like a chameleon, Patty Hearst finds her feet perfectly both as an heir to a fortune and as a terrorist struggling against her family’s inheritance. Unlike her grandfather, she promoted a civil activism, as there was no longer time to wait for reality to fix itself.
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Union des Théâtres de l'Europe gathered, in the last 3 decades, some of the most important European theatres and artists. Through festivals, exhibitions, exchanges, masterclasses, cooperation projects, the UTE help create a continuous flow between West and East, between generations, between tradition and innovation. Our celebration is inspired by this rich history. With the help of the Interferences International Theatre Festival, we wish to remember some of the best performances presented at past editions of the UTE festival and look forward to new horizons.