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The Polish Cultural Institute presents

Theatre of the Eighth Day
directed by Ensemble

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 - Sunday, November 9, 2008
Tue.-Fri. 8:30 PM, Sat. 2:30 PM & 8:30 PM, Sun. 7:30 PM

October 27, 2008, 6:30 PM
A Special Evening with members of The Theatre of The Eighth Day at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The CUNY Graduate Center

59E59 Theaters
59 East 59th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $25, $17.50 (59E59 members), $10 (student rush),$60 POLISH PASS to all 3 Festival performances, Tel: 212.279.4200 or


translated by Bill Johnston

Poland's venerable Theatre of the Eighth Day makes its American debut at MADE IN POLAND: a Festival of New Polish Plays, presented by the Polish Cultural Institute from October 22 to November 30 at 59E59 Theaters.

Theatre of the Eighth Day, founded in 1964, was one of the most significant groups of the student theater movement from which Polish alternative theater arose. Their willingness to speak with their own voice about the surrounding world got the group into trouble with the Communist state apparatus, even though it had never been intended as a political theater of opposition. Kept under surveillance by the secret police, plagued by the regular police, and accused of committing common crimes, the theater managed to create some of the most important Polish performances of the 1970s.

The Files (2007) is based on actual Secret Police reports on the theater's activity written during the period from 1975 to 1983 (reports that also covered the actors' contacts, friendships, and meetings), juxtaposed with actors' private letters from the time the reports were being written, as well as excerpts from the performances to which the reports referred. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this extraordinary, historic troupe - in a sardonic docudrama on their art as seen through the eyes of the police. Performed in English.

MADE IN POLAND: a Festival of New Polish Plays is the most comprehensive introduction to contemporary Polish playwriting ever presented in the United States, both as to themes addressed and the diversity of talent represented. The festival offers a chance to see Polish playwriting through both Polish and American eyes: besides the performances of The Files, there is also an American production of the Polish hit, Made in Poland (The Play Company), and an American-Polish collaboration on two hit one-act plays, Sandbox and The First Time (the Immigrants' Theatre Project).

The Theatre of the Eighth Day's appearance was made possible through the generous support of the Marshal's Office of the Wielkopolska Region in Poznan, Poland, and the Trust for Mutual Understanding in New York.

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