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The Polish Cultural Institute presents

A SPECIAL EVENING WITH MEMBERS OF THE THEATRE OF THE EIGHTH DAY

Monday, October 27, 2008, 6:30 PM

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center
The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
Tickets: free, Tel: 212.817.1860

MADE IN POLAND: A FESTIVAL OF NEW POLISH PLAYS

In a discussion presented by the Polish Cultural Institute and Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and moderated by Prof. Carol Martin, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, the founders and actors of the Theatre of the Eighth Day will share their memories from a most fascinating period of their work as an independent theater group under a Communist regime in Poland.


Poland's venerable Theatre of the Eighth Day makes its American debut with their acclaimed The Files 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.


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