THE FILES

Genre: Festival
Presented and directed by Theatre of the Eigth Day. Adapted by Ewa Wojciak & Katarzyna Mado-Mitzner

Founded in 1964, Theatre of the Eighth Day unwittingly became Poland's foremost political theater of opposition under the Communist regime. Kept under surveillance by the Secret Police, plagued by the authorities, and accused of criminality, the theater managed to create some of the most important Polish performances of the 1970s. The Files is based on actual Secret Police reports on the Theatre's actors written during the period from 1975 to 1983 (reports that by definition also covered the actors' contacts, friendships, and meetings), juxtaposed with the actors' private letters at the time the reports were written, as well as parts of old performances to which the reports referred.

The Files is one of three plays comprising MADE IN POLAND: A FESTIVAL OF NEW POLISH PLAYS Presented by the Polish Cultural Institute. As Poland continues to adapt to a political democracy regained in 1989, and in the midst of a contentious Presidential election in the United States, this timely and provocative festival thrusts Poland's vibrant contemporary theater scene onto the world stage. Featuring productions by two of New York's top theater companies producing contemporary international work." The Play Company and Immigrants' Theatre Project (both OBIE Award-winners)" along side Theatre of the Eighth Day, one of Poland's oldest and most prestigious avant-garde companies, in their US debut.

Open:   10/22/08
Close:   11/09/08

Schedule:
Tue-Fri 8:30, Sat 2:30 & 8:30, Sun 7:30
Theater:   59E59 Theaters
Address:   59 East 59th Street
New York, NY
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Cost:$25 (59E59 Members $17.50) or Call: 59E59 at 212.279.4200
Company: 59E59 Theaters         Official Web Site: www.59e59.org