MADE IN POLAND: A FESTIVAL OF NEW POLISH PLAYS
The Play Company
MADE IN POLAND
by Przemyslaw Wojcieszek
directed by Jackson Gay
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - Sunday, November 30, 2008
Tue.-Fri. 8:15 PM, Sat. 2:15 PM & 8:15 PM, Sun. 3:15 PM no performance on Nov. 27, extra performance on Nov. 23, 7:15 PM
59 East 59th Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $35, $24.50 (59E59 members), $5 (student rush), $60 POLISH PASS to all 3 Festival performances, Tel: 212.279.4200 or ticketcentral.com
translated by Alissa Valles
OBIE Award winning The Play Company, New York's gateway to new international plays, presents the American premiere of Made in Poland, an absolute hit in Poland by one of the country's foremost young theater artists, Przemyslaw Wojcieszek. The Production, directed by Jackson Gay, is part of MADE IN POLAND: a Festival of New Polish Plays, presented by the Polish Cultural Institute from October 22 to November 30 at 59E59 Theaters.
Made in Poland is an exuberant, funny and fierce play about a rebellious young man furiously searching for how to live in the new, post-communist Poland. Along the way he turns to his priest and his teacher for guidance, gets entangled with gangsters, and meets a girl.
Made in Poland premiered in Legnica in 2004, directed by the author (under the English title) in an abandoned warehouse among high-rise apartment projects typical of Poland under the Communist regime. The city was the headquarters of Soviet forces in Poland from 1945 to 1990, during the Cold War. For much of the period Legnica was divided into Polish and Soviet areas, with the latter closed to the public. Wojcieszek, one of Poland's top emerging talents, whether as playwright, screenwriter, or director, has chosen a very topical subject for that region: inhabitants of those projects being unemployed and deprived of any hope for the future and young people searching desperately for authority figures. Thus, the opening scene of the Legnica premiere introduced a rebellious young man smashing real cars in the parking lot and 'neighbors' yelling at him from the high-rises. The play was an immediate and major hit.
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 American production of MADE IN POLAND, there is also an American-Polish collaboration on two one-act plays, Sandbox and The First Time (the Immigrants' Theatre Project), and a landmark production by Poland's Theatre of the Eighth Day, The Files (performed here in English), which made waves when it premiered in Poland in 2007.
The translation of Made in Poland was made possible through a grant from the Book Institute in Krakow, Poland. This production is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Additional support comes from the Trust for Mutual Understanding in New York.
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