La MaMa ETC presents
a Kulture+ production of Studium Teatralne‘s
King of Hearts is Off Again in their New York debut.
November 26th, 28th, 29th at 7:30pm & November 30th at 2:00pm
La MaMa E.T.C.
First Floor Theater
74 East 4th Street, New York (bet. Bowery & 2nd Ave.)
Tickets: First 10 tickets for each show: $10,
students/seniors: $13, adults: $18
ONLINE, or by PHONE 212.475.7710
Based on a novel by Hanna Krall
Directed by Piotr Borowski
Starring: Gianna Benvenuto, Waldemar Chachólski, Danny Kearns, Magda Czarny
Music: based on John Zorn’s motifs
Piotr Borowski, a student and collaborator of Jerzy Grotowski and co-founder of Gardzienice Theatre, has created a stage adaptation of “Chasing the King of Hearts” by Hanna Krall. The book is a 2007 bestseller of spiritual survival in the fateless universe of the Holocaust. Borowski’s play, “The King of Hearts is Off Again,” is a memory piece with physical theater that has been presented in California and the Midwest. It will be presented by La MaMa E.T.C. for its East Coast debut November 26 to 30, 2014.
The play is based on the true story of the life of Izolda Regenberg, a young Jewish woman trapped in the Warsaw ghetto with her husband and their families during World War II. Izolda escapes from the ghetto, lives disguised as an Aryan Polish woman named Maria Pawlicka, and ultimately succeeds in her obsessive mission to rescue her husband from a concentration camp. Having faced unimaginable situations, the couple re-establishes itself in Poland, only to be forced to emigrate in the Polish deportation of most of its remaining Jews in 1968.
Studium Teatralne is an ensemble theatre in the tradition of Jerzy Grotowski. The play is directed by the company’s artistic director Piotr Borowski–himself a longtime student of Grotowski and the four actors employ Grotowski method acting techniques to collectively play 22 different characters on a stage with a minimalist set.
“Thrilling physical theater… The work is beautiful.”
LA Weekly – Steven Leigh Morris, Thursday, Oct 11, 2012
“remarkable intensity of the performance”
The San Francisco Chronicle – Robert Hurwitt, October 4, 2013
“a wonderfully intricate story in both form and content.”
KCRW -Los Angeles, Peter Byrne, October 2012
Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland.
Special thanks to Joanna Klass from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Kulture+ Productions, Joe’s Pub and the Polish Cultural Institute New York present
ANNA MARIA JOPEK
Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 9:30PM & 11:30PM
Joe’s Pub 425 Lafayette Street, New York City, 10003 tel: 212.967.7555 Tickets: $40 for 9:30PM & $30 for 11:30PM
Anna Maria Jopek, composer, arranger, singer and improviser, has sold one million records and collaborated with the world’s most outstanding musicians including Pat Metheny, Bobby McFerrin, Ivan Lins, Youssou N’Dour, Makoto Ozone, Richard Bona and others.
Of her own music, AMJ asks “please do not file my music under jazz. Nor under pop, folk… whatever. I embrace a lot of influences. Jazz is by far the most important in its freedom, its harmony and its sense of time but I was brought up with the old Polish folk songs. So I’m kind of rooted in all these Slavic sounds.”
“Anna is original, unique, different. She’s brave, she’s modest, she’s open. She’s a great musician. What she’s been doing all her life is just trying to play the best notes.Trying to sound good. In that particular sense, she’s a lot like me and that’s why I decided to work with her. Because she just cares for the music.” - Pat Metheny