Twenty-First Century Polish Drama and Texts for the Stage

Edited by Krystyna Duniec, Joanna Klass, and Joanna Krakowska


Edited by Krystyna Duniec, Joanna Klass, and Joanna Krakowska

Distributed for Seagull Books

625 pages | 35 halftones, 1 DVD | 6 x 7 1/2 | © 2014
Paper w/ DVD $45.00 ISBN: 9780857421784 Published April 2014 World sales rights except India
Questioning the ethics of historical narratives and the construction of national identities, this anthology of Polish plays explores the trauma of war, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, and reappraisals of the post-communist reality in Poland. The eleven selected pieces dive deep into complex subjects such as Poland’s  loss since the Holocaust, its difficult postwar relations with Germany, the social metamorphoses since the political upheaval of 1989, and the needs of Polish families and youth since the nation’s transition to free-market economy. Krzysztof Warlikowski’s acclaimed production, (A)pollonia, which calls upon excerpts from Greek tragedies, novels by Jonathan Littell and J. M. Coetzee, and reportage by Hanna Krall, provides the title for the anthology as it encapsulates the key subjects, conflicts, and dilemmas prominent in the Polish theater of the last decade.

The texts are wonderfully accompanied by thirty-five black and white photographs of performances, along with a DVD showcasing select scenes from the original Polish productions. The introduction provides the historical and political framework for the collected texts, and the foreword explains the scope of the international collaboration that produced the exceptional translations in this volume.




Joanna Klass



Krystyna Duniec and Joanna Krakowska



Krzysztof Warlikowski, Piotr Gruszczyński, and Janek Poniedziałek


The Mayor

Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk



Dunja Funke and Sebastian Majewski


Trash Story

Magda Fertacz


right left with heels



Foreign Bodies

Julia Holewińska


In Desert and Wilderness

After Sienkiewicz and Others

Bartosz Frąckowiak and Weronika Szczawińska


Small Narration

Wojtek Ziemilski


No Matter How Hard We Tried

Or We exist on the Best Terms We Can

Dorota Masłowska


Diamonds are Coal that Got Down to Business

Paweł Demirski


I Love You No Matter What

Przemysław Wojcieszek

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