THE WROCLAW PUPPET THEATER began in 1946 in Wroclaw, in Lower Silesia. Its repertoire was aimed toward children and youth and it gave frequent performances in the towns and villages of the region. The organization developed three areas of performance, which continue to be presented today: a "preparatory" stage for children up to 6 years old; a Main Stage geared toward school children; and a Small Stage, which started in 1968 as a place for artistic research and experimentation. Its works are new interpretations of classic and contemporary literature, based on texts by Goethe, Shakespeare, Beckett, Rozewicz, Witkiewicz, Schulz, Kafka, Brecht and many others.
Today, the Wroclaw Puppet Theater is well known for its wide range of activities, and has toured throughout the world, performing across Europe, Japan, and the Americas. The famous performances of its Small Stage constitute an important chapter in the history of Polish theater. It currently has in its repertoire over a dozen original plays for children. It also organizes and cooperates on other artistic initiatives, such as Dziecieca Akademia Artystyczna (Children's Artistic Academy) and other special programs for children to broaden their artistic talents. The group also organizes a number of international festivals such as: International Puppet Theater Meetings "Lalka, Loutka, Babka, Bab"; One's Actor'sTheater Meetings, and International Festival of Puppet Artists' Debuts.
The Last Escape is a theatrical adaptation that aims to encapsulate the essence of Schulz's work. Men, in Schultz's many-themed, multi-layered prose works, seem to embody the mental faculty. The play's main character is based on Józef - a pensioner and protagonist of the novel "The Last Escape." He tries to break through his own loneliness and boredom to escape from his room. He finds that there is a place where time belongs to no one, and he recalls pictures and events from the past. By stimulating his imagination, he finds his parents and his childhood - that is, a new space in which to exist. Emphasis is placed on the "one and only human tragedy - the tragedy of time." Józef never dies a definite death; rather, he retreats into another space, into other regions of existence. Polish author Krzysztof Stala wrote, "This imaginary being is stratified on various levels, he is crushed into numerous realities. Between those divisions happen permanent communication, changes of meanings, an accumulation of pressures."