Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival Presents:
A selection of European stage readings in NYC
Bohemian National Hall, May 9 – 12, 2019
Sunday, May 12 at 7pm
Puppenhaus.Treatment by Magda Fertacz, translated by Artur Zapalowski directed by Zishan Ugurlu
Stage Reading, Poland
In Puppenhaus.Treatment, playwright Magda Fertacz, examines the issues of treason and collaborationism from the perspective of alternative codes of memory: “Traitors to the country,” “collaborators,” and “renegades,” are World War II figures that have re-entered the national and political discourse of today. By constructing a theatrical fantasy about wartime, the artists are asking questions about the stigmatization, punishment and judgment of individuals who, for a variety of reasons, renounce heroism and refuse to fight and make sacrifices for their country. How is historical memory and moral evaluation of past choices and actions constructed? What are the limits of interpreting and fantasizing about history charged with trauma and heroism? How can collective memory be healed?
Magda Fertacz was born in 1975. She is a playwright, screenwriter and interior designer. She made her debut as a playwright with the play, Dust, staged at the National Theater in Warsaw by Anna Trojanowska, which earned a distinction in the Radom Odważny contest in 2005. She is also the winner of the Gdynia Drama Award and the competition at the Polish Contemporary Art Exhibition. Magda Fertacz is a graduate of the College of Communication and Social Media and the Department of Journalism of the University of Warsaw.
Zishan Ugurlu is a resident actress and director at La MaMa Theater and has worked extensively both in New York and abroad. She is the founding artistic director of Actors without Borders-ITONY. She graduated from Columbia University with a MFA degree and holds a Ph.D. She is currently teaching at The New School University as an Associate Professor. She is the recipient of the prestigious Fox Foundation Fellowship granted by Theater Communications Group.
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The Rehearsal for Truth theater festival, honoring Vaclav Havel presents Spring Weekend, a showcase of emerging Czech, Hungarian, Polish, and Slovak playwrights whose work reflects on current social and political issues. The plays have been translated into English and feature local New York performers and directors who will have the opportunity to try out these works onstage as part of the European Month of Culture. The program will include a full Romanian production as well.
The program is organized by the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation and the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association, in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, Consulate General of Slovakia, the Polish Cultural Institute, the Romanian Cultural Institute, and Untitled Theater Company #61.
The program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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