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The Polish Cultural Institute
and John Waldron Arts Center, Indiana University, Bloomington,


Theatre of the Eighth Day
directed by Ensemble

Thursday, November 13, 2008 - Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thu.-Sat., 7:30 PM (in English), Sat. Matinee 2:30 PM (in Polish)

John Waldron Arts Center, Indiana University
122 S. Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN
Tickets: $10, $8 seniors & students, Tel: 812.323.3020 (box office) or click here

translated by Bill Johnston

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.

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

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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