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Emigration and Erosion of Identity
September 30, 2015   
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The Emigrants, a dark comedy about homesickness written by S³awomir Mrożek, one of Poland’s most famous playwrights, is being staged at the Polski Theater in Warsaw Oct. 13 and 14.

The play centers around two emigrants, an intellectual and a laborer, who live together in the basement of a house in an unnamed country in Western Europe. The intellectual emigrated for political reasons, the worker to find work. The laborer dreams of returning to his homeland a rich man, while the intellectual keeps dashing those dreams.

Written in 1974, The Emigrants explores how homesickness can take away a person’s identity and humanity. It also reveals the dilemmas that were faced by emigrants from Eastern Bloc countries—something that Mrożek was familiar with.

Mrożek emigrated to France in 1963 and then moved to Mexico. He traveled in France, Britain, Italy, Yugoslavia and other European countries. In 1996 he returned to Poland and settled in Cracow. He died in 2013.

The Emigrants, along with his first full-length play, Tango (1964), are Mrożek’s best-known works, and continue to be performed throughout the world.

The latest Warsaw staging of The Emigrants stars Piotr Cyrwus, who also directs the play, and Szymon Kuĥmider.

Jolanta Wolska

Performances: Oct. 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Polski Theater; 3 Kazimierza Karasia St., Warsaw
Tickets: bilety@teatrpolski.waw.pl
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