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by Witold Gombrowicz

Thursday, May 19, 2005 - Sunday, June 26, 2005
Fri.-Sat. 8 PM
Sun. 7 PM

Sacred Fools Theater
660 North Heliotrope, Holywood, CA
Tickets: $20; every Sunday performance is Pay-What-You-Want!, Tel: 310.281.8337

Poland's maverick satirist has found fertile ground in the U.S.A., most recently appearing as the closing number in the 8th season of LA's innovative, prolific, and popular Sacred Fools Theater, with Ivona, Princess of Burgundia, in the Krystyna Griffith-Jones translation, directed by Philip Wofford - in accordance with the spirit of the satire - as though the actors are marionettes.

"Emotional depth and a great deal of humor!" - BackStage West

"Yet another classic Sacred Fools production!" - Accessibly Live

Ivona, The Princess of Burgundia was written in 1938 by the renowned Polish novelist, playwright, and thinker, Witold Gombrowicz, now hailed as the "grandfather" of the Theater of the Absurd established later by Beckett and Ionesco. Princess Ivona is an unpredictable fairytale that revolves around the tragicomic courtship of the sickly and all but mute commoner Ivona by the fashionable Prince Philip, the restless and rebellious heir apparent to a self-obsessed, conservative court. Ivona's quietly intrusive presence disrupts the court so profoundly that each member, including the Prince, resolves to plot her death. Gombrowicz's first and most famous play is considered a modern European classic, and has been produced in over thirty countries since the1960s, including two stagings by Ingmar Bergman (in Germany and Sweden) and one by the Comedie Francaise in Paris. But it has only recently been professionally produced in English in the UK, US, and Canada.

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