Kulture+ Productions, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, John Jay College, and Culture.pl present

“Trash Story” 
a play by Magda Fertacz

December 3rd – 13th, 2015
John Jay College’s Black Box Theater
860 11th Avenue, between 58th & 59th, NYC


An award-winning play about the impact of war on women, Trash Story is a complex and harrowing tale.  Told through the eyes of Ursulka, the play poses important questions about violence, both historical and contemporary, and the secrets it leaves behind. The action is set in a house formerly owned by Germans in the Recovered Territories, now inhabited by Poles, and asks vital questions about the continuity of historical experience. “I imagine memory as a net which we throw to recover waste. As it falls deeper it catches the heaviest waste accumulated at the bottom. This play is full of such trash: historical, familial, concealed. Our Polish collective memory is so littered and until we clean it up, the future generations will not be able to build anything on it,” says playwrite Magda Fertacz.

Magda Fertacz is one of the major representatives of a generation of Polish writers who after 1989 have renewed the face of Polish drama. In her work, Fertacz analyses interpersonal relationships both in their purely human aspect, as well as in a broader social context.

Trash Story won the Gdynia Drama Award, one of the most prestigious drama prizes in Poland. The play was also a finalist at the Stuckermarkt in Berlin.

The play is directed by Monica Payne. Monica worked for many years in Chicago with various companies, including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the Artistic Home, the Hypocrites, and the Journeyman, among others. She later graduated with an MFA in Directing from the renowned UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television.

The cast includes: an Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress Allyce Beasley* (Mother), Curtis Nielsen (Father), Anna Podolak (Widow), Alex Walton* (Son), Marcus Lorenzo (Brother), Amanda Hawkins (Ursulka), Melessie Clark* (Ursulka), and Malena Ramirez (Ursulka).
*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.


MORE INFO: John Jay College – Black Box Theater
860 11th Avenue between 58th & 59th Street, New York, NY, 10019.
Subway A, B, C, D, 1 to Columbus Circle
December 3-13th – Thursday’s, Friday’s, Saturday’s at 8PM, Sunday’s at 3 PM
Tickets:  $18 @ http://trashstory.brownpapertickets.com, or call 800.838.3006

Author: Magda Fertacz
Translation: Benjamin Paloff
Director: Monica Payne
Assistant Director: Kristen Sherman
Stage Manager: Charles Casano
Music: Zenial – http://zenial.pl/
Scenic design: Liz Sherrier
Light Design: Haejin Han
Sound Designer: Julia Hoch
Costumes: Ginevra Lombardo
Poster: Kalina Bańka – https://www.facebook.com/bankaart/
Producer: Tomek Smolarski

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La Mama’s Coffeehouse Chronicles present

Tadeusz Kantor

Saturday May 9th, 2015 at 3pm – 5pm

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
66 east 4th street, New York, New York 10003
Reservations & Info: 212.475.7710 | 646.430.5374 |


In honor of centennial celebration of Tadeusz Kantor’s birth.

Curators: Michal Gamily Tomek Smolarski | Moderator: Nina Kiraly

Exploring the work of Tadeusz Kantor, Polish-born, internationally known avant-garde theater director, set designer, author, painter and founder of the Cricot 2 experimental theatre company. La MaMa is proud to have presented his work to New York audiences over two decades. The coffeehouse will include a panel, recorded interviews from Cricoteka: Centre for the Documentation of the Art of Tadeusz Kantor, media from the La MaMa archive, FURTHER ON, NOTHING… Conceived and directed by Zishan Ugurlu and featuring: Actors Without  Borders-ITONY and a live reenactment of fragments from ZERO OR MORE DISPOSABLE LESSONS – a performance exploring the mechanics of memory, anatomy of oppression, disposability of bodies, and dancing objects.

Moderator: Nina Kiraly, coordinator of the international projects of the National Theatre in Budapest. Theatre critic, teacher and translator.

Panelists: Nina Kiraly | Krystyna Illakowicz | Kathleen Cioffi | Magda Romanska

Recorded Interviews: Natalia Zarzecka (Director of the Cricoteca Center) | Waclaw & Leslaw Janiccy | Krzysztof Miklaszewski | produced by Tomek Smolarski (Kulture+ Productions) | directed by Pawel Ferdek & Tomek Smolarski | filmed by Pawel Ferdek 


FURTHER ON, NOTHING… | Conceived and directed by Zishan Ugurlu | Featuring: Actors Without  Borders-ITONY

ZERO OR MORE DISPOSABLE LESSONS | Devised by: Marc DeWitt, Peter Gray, Yoni Greenwood, Dominika Laster, Crystal Liu, Leah Osterman, Nathan A. Roberts, Harry Shamansky, Eddy Wang & Donald Woodson | Lighting Design by Harry Shamansky | Directed by Dominika Laster

Screening: Material from the La MaMa Archive


Son of Semele Ensemble, in association with Kulture+ Productions, presents a performative reading of…


Or We Exist on the Best Terms We Can

by Dorota Masłowska

directed by Matthew McCray


Son of Semele
3301 Beverly Boulevard (@ Hoover)
Los Angeles, CA 90004


No Matter How Hard We Tried is a sharp-witted comedy that explores celebrity, pop-culture, commercialism and privilege, placing it directly in the shadow of Poland’s tragic past and its poor and struggling lower classes. As a family attempts to deal with the unfortunate realities of their mundane and difficult lives, escapism and false reality reveal themselves as their only comfort in a world that has forgotten them.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating limited. Please reserve your seat at tickets@sonofsemele.org.

Stage Raw and Culture.pl present


digital fest

Los Angeles, USA March 21, 1 PM Boston Court Theatre in Los Angeles Boston Court, 70 North Mentor Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106 www.bostoncourt.com/

Warsaw, Poland March 21, 10 PM Teatr Studio im. Stanisława Ignacego Witkiewicza Plac Defilad 1, Warsaw, Poland www.teatrstudio.pl/

– An exchange between playwrights and audiences in the United States and Poland

– Broadcast live and simultaneously from Warsaw Teatr Studio and the Boston Court Theatre stage in Pasadena, California. From Warsaw: concert readings by local actors presenting five-minute playlets by emerging Polish playwrights in response to the plays of U.S. playwrights S. Callaghan, R. O’Hara, A. Tuan and L. Hnath. At the exact same moment, directly from Southern California, Los Angeles actors will read local five minute responses to Polish plays by W. Ziemilski, D. Masłowska, M. Fertacz and S. Orłowski.

Open to the public

LA event produced by Ghost Road

Warsaw event produced by Kulture+ Productions

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