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Best of Polish Theater
March 31, 2015   
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The 34th Warsaw Theater Meetings festival will be held April 4-14, featuring some of the best plays staged last year in Poland.

The festival comprises 14 performances selected from productions staged by theaters across Poland. Festival viewers will see plays directed by some of the biggest names in Polish theater, including Jan Klata, Maja Kleczewska and Marcin Liber.

The festival will kick off with Noc żywych Żydów (The Night of the Living Jews), a new play written by Igor Ostachowicz and directed by Aleksandra Popławska and Marek Kalita.
Audiences will then see a widely discussed production of Wesele (The Wedding) by Marcin Liber, staged by the Polski Theater in Bydgoszcz, and Kronos, a play based on the diary of Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz. Kronos is directed by Krzysztof Garbaczewski from the Polski Theater in Wrocław.

The Wybrzeże Theater from Gdańsk will bring the contemplative and dark Czarownice z Salem (The Witches of Salem) directed by Adam Nalepa, while Janusz Opryński, the founder of the Provisorium Theater in Lublin, will stage his version of the drama Lód (Ice) by Jacek Dukaj.

Agnieszka Korytkowska-Mazur will stage Antyhona, a drama set in Poland in the 1940s and based on Sophocles’s Antigone.

This year’s festival includes three of last year’s most publicized productions. One is Do Damaszku (To Damascus) based on the play by August Strindberg and directed by Jan Klata. The other two plays are Elfriede Jelinek’s Podróż zimowa (Winter Journey) directed by Maja Kleczewska, and Jolanta Janiczak’s Caryca Katarzyna (Empress Catherine), directed by Wiktor Rubin.

As in previous years, the 34th Warsaw Theater Meetings will also feature plays for children, such as Bajki samograjki, based on a collection of stories by Polish poet Jan Brzechwa, directed by Anna Augustynowicz and originally staged at the Pleciuga theater in Szczecin. Young festival audiences will see Brzydkie kaczątko (The Ugly Duckling) based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale and directed by Romuald Wicza-Pokojski.

The Maska Theater from Rzeszów will bring Historia Śnieżki (The Story of Snow White), and the Kubuś Puppet and Actors’ Theater from Kielce will stage a children’s play entitled Jasno/Ciemno (Bright/Dark). The Wrocław Puppet Theater will perform Wąż (The Snake) by Marta Guśniowska and directed by Marek Zakostelecky.

Finally, the Baj Pomorski Theater is coming to Warsaw with Dziób w dziób (Beak to Beak) written by Malina Prześluga and directed by Zbigniew Lisowski.

Other events held as part of the Warsaw Theater Meetings will include concerts by the bands Niewinni Czarodzieje, Dagadana and the Janusz Prusinowski Trio.

Festival audiences will also see a best-of selection of plays from the Malabar Hotel theater company. The festival will close with a concert by celebrated Polish actor Jerzy Trela. Entitled Monologi (Monologues), the concert will take place at the Camaldolese Church and feature music by Zbigniew Preisner.

The festival performances will be staged at four Dramatyczny Theater venues in Warsaw, except for Podróż zimowa, which festival audiences will see at the Powszechny Theater in Łódź. A bus has been arranged to take viewers to Łódź and back.

Held since 1965, the Warsaw Theater Meetings is one of the oldest theater festivals in Poland. After an eight-year hiatus, the festival was relaunched in 2008 and proved a hit with audiences.

The 34th Warsaw Theater Meetings festival has been organized by the Dramatyczny Theater in Warsaw.

Tickets available at Dramatyczny Theater ticket offices. For further details and the festival program, go to www.warszawskie.org

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