Tuesday, May 5, 2009

THEATER: Staged Reading of Witold Gombrowicz Play in Washington DC

Scena Theatre, Washington’s International Theatre, is partnering with The Polish Embassy, to present a staged reading of this mordantly funny black comedy by Polish master absurdist Witold Gombrowicz.  Through the medium of his own family, Gombrowicz explores the madness of WWI.  A "history" lesson with a vengeance!

Witold Gombrowicz was born in Poland in 1904.  He lived virtually unknown in Argentina, writing novels, stories and plays, for twenty-five years before taking up residence in France.  His death in 1969 was a great loss not only for Polish literature but also for the world of letters.  "In him, for the first time, Polish literature produced a writer to whom the agonies of being Polish were less important than the tragi-comedy of being a human being". --The Times Literary Supplement.
His novels include PornografiaFerdydurkeCosmos, and Possessed.  Among his plays are The Marriage,Operetta, and Ivona, Princess of Burgundy.