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Theatrical Landscape of Poland

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One can therefore indeed say that Polish theatre has created its own new authors. Poland is aware of the importance of play markets, author days and workshops to support new drama in Germany, but young Polish authors have been denied such systematic efforts. However, they have had the theatre on their side right from the beginning, and the monthly magazine "Dialog", which prints several plays in each issue, offers a publication forum, even if it is limited (the first issue which documented the wave of anthology, came out under the catchy name of "Porno Generation" and therefore sold well.) The re-enactment of newly, world premiered plays is a seldom occurrence even in Poland. The theatres prefer to rely on the next plays of their bound authors.

The prose writers are coming
The development of authors being invited by theatres continued to some extent on a higher level, as famous prose authors were also wooed into writing plays. Andrzej Stasiuk – the most famous Polish writer of the mid-generation in Germany – wrote his first play "Noc" ("Night") in 2004 for a coproduction of the Stary Teatr in Cracow and Düsseldorf Theatre. It is a "Slavo-German medical tragic farce", which the cunning essayist revealed in dramatic metier.

Dorota Maslowska, the young star of Polish literature, was also talked into writing for theatres by the renowned stage director Grzegorz Jarzyna: In 2006 her play "A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians" had its world premiere in Warsaw, the following year the German premiere took place at the Vienna Festival by means of Armin Petras. The production is still in the repertoire of his Maxim Gorki Theatre. Maslowska's second play, "We get on well with each other", even had its world premiere at the Berlin Schaubühne before it was shown at the TR Warszawa by Jarzyna.

Stasiuk ans Maslowska are amongst the Polish authors that are known in Germany, which they mostly owe to their images as prose writers. The other one, Michal Walczak, who was born in 1979 and was trained at the Warsaw Faculty for stage direction, chose the single path of theatre. He started in the difficult province of Walbrze, where artistic director and stage director Piotr Kruszczynski first brought out "Kopalnia", then "Sandbox" and "The Man with God In His Closet" with great admiration and secured the not quite 30 year-old playwright – it has a happy symbiosis for both. If this century of awakening merely arose from a kind of political and social critical use of drama, or if it is actually the new Polish drama Michal Walczak will be observing the development along with others.

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