You say that I am an all around fool! But do you know that I am only proud of it? …Yes. You, know-it-alls, do not even have your own country and you have to do what your government orders you to do! And I have no need for knowing it all. We have people who know it all and they administer everything. We already have a quarter of the world. And in ten years we will control half of it. And in twenty years our Russian people will control everyone in the world.
And who says that? Yes, yes – it is the Junior Lieutenant Mikhail Zubow, Misha the Liberator who entered the Polish territory within the ranks of the Red Army on September 17, 1939. For over 50 years, he’s been amusing and terrifying readers from the pages of Sergiusz Piasecki’s brilliant book “Zapiski oficera Armii Czerwonej” – a flamboyant study of a Soviet man’s mentality. For 17 years, we have been able to watch and hear him on the stage of the Drama Theater in Białystok in a daring rendition by Krzysztof Ławniczak.
People often talk about “outstanding creations”, “pivotal roles”. Zubov is something more. The splendid adaptation by Andrzej Jakimiec performed with outstanding acting craftsmanship of Krzysztof Ławniczak rendered Misha Zubov as the icon of Białystok’s cultural life – it is a living legend with an unfailing power of influence. He fascinates, subjugates, and teaches respect for the theatrical art. Within the history of Białystok’s theater there has been no other play that could be equaled with “Zapiski oficera Armii Czerwonej”. There has been no equally famous play which prevailed for so long on the playbill, one which educates consecutive generations of viewers.
If you have not seen “Zapiski oficera Armii Czerwonej” yet, you should definitely make up for this omission. Satisfaction guaranteed.