This show played its final performance on Saturday - January 16.
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Brought to you after a successful run at Williams Theatre, directed by Omar Sangare in collaboration with choreographers from Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch.
In this dark humor play, two different societies drastically collide: traditional and unconventional. The theme of the play highlights the comparison between those devoted to empty platitudes, lack of creativity, and hatred, and those with mysterious and inspiring minds. Witold Gombrowicz, one of the most influential playwrights of the twentieth century, brings humor, truth of human nature, and universal pieces of wisdom. Which society are you in? Come and find out!
This exciting production of a rarely-seen classic unites Williams Theatre Department artists with a creative team of international collaborators, including a set designer from Poland, a lighting designer who worked on Broadway and New York Fashion Week, a sound designer from the vanguard of innovative New York theater, and two choreographers from Pina Bausch company.
The play introduces Prince Philip, the most eligible bachelor in Burgundia, who can attract any woman he desires. But when he declares his engagement to the commoner Ivona, his scandalized kingdom must confront the ugliness and cruelty within each soul. Why is the royal court so threatened by the mysterious future princess, who refuses to speak for herself? This grotesque comic fable by absurdist master Witold Gombrowicz explores what happens when genteel facades are shattered, fear and humiliation take over, and repressed human brutality gushes to the surface.
David Carter, Michael Druker, Bailey Edwards, Mia Hull, Veronica Kovalcik, Connor Lawhorn, Spencer Lee-Rey, Evelyn Mahon, Petra Mijanovic, Ben Rosenblum, Sofia Smith, Jackson Zerkle, Carina Zox
Author: Witold Gombrowicz
Director: Omar Sangare
Choreographers: Pablo Aran Gimeno & Jorge Puerta Armenta
Set Design: Joanna Kus
Lighting Design: Coby Chasman-Beck
Sound Design: Stephen Simalchik
Costume Design: Deb Brothers
Assistant to the Director: Mia Hull
Dramaturg: Ilya Khodosh
Graphic Designer: Julia Kwinto
Production Manager: Marcin Sangare
Stage Manager: Jacob Wexler
1st ASM: Kimmy Golding & Joseph Baca
2nd ASM: Venson Williams
3rd ASM: Maryanne Masibo
Light Board Operator: Russell Maclin
Sound Board Operator: Abraham Kirby-Galen
Producer: Omar Sangare
Presented by arrangement with Rita Gombrowicz
Produced under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, in partnership with Polish Cultural Institute New York, and Williams College