in collaboration with Princeton University
Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures
Theatre of the Eighth Day's
Encounter with Princeton University Community
Monday, November 16, 2009, 4:30 PM
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
249 East Pyne Hall, Princeton, NJ
Tickets: free Tel: 609.258.6670
The legendary Theatre of the Eighth Day from Poland returns to the U.S. to take part in Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe, a performing arts festival in New York City marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe. As part of the festival, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Abrons Arts Center present the revival of the group's celebrated production Wormwood, with the original cast. First presented in Poland in 1985, it was famously banned at the time because of its open and frank depiction of life in Poland during Martial Law.
Founded in 1964, The Theatre of the Eighth Day was one of the most uncompromising theater groups in Communist Poland and remains just as uncompromising today. It made its U.S. debut to critical acclaim at the MADE IN POLAND Festival in New York City in November 2008, where it presented its 2007 avant-garde docudrama, The Files, based on actual secret police reports made between 1975 and 1983 on the Theatre's actors. Tom Sellar, in a Village Voice review of The Files, wrote: ...it's a small miracle to sit face-to-face with actors who made history by risking everything to tell the truth-today, having won, they look a lot like truth's living embodiment.
Presented by the Polish Cultural Institute in collaboration with Princeton University Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures.
Generous support for the Theatre's of the Eighth Day's appearance in the U.S. was granted by the Trust For Mutual Understanding, the Marshall of the Wielkopolska Region and the President of the City of Poznan.
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