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  • 8 January 2016

    “Princess Ivona” is 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. Only three performances are scheduled, on Friday January 15 at 8 pm, Saturday January 16 at 2 pm and 8 pm, at Theatre Row, one of major Off-Broadway stages.

    After a recent successful production of “Princess Ivona” at Williams Theatre, the cast will develop a version of the show to be presented in New York City. This special presentation will reunite a creative team of international collaborators, including two choreographers from Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, a set designer from Poland, a lighting designer who worked on Broadway and New York Fashion Week, and a sound designer from the vanguard of innovative New York theatre. This theatrical experience will give students the opportunity to share their talents and engage with the professional environment of the New York theatre district.

     

    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!

     

    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.

     

    Tickets available at the Theatre Row Box Office (410 West 42nd Street, New York City), over the phone at 212.239.6200 and via https://www.telecharge.com/Off-Broadway/Princess-Ivona/Overview?&aid=ven000193900

     

    CAST:

    Ivona: Petra Mijanović
    King Ignatius: Michael Druker
    Queen Margaret: Carina Zox
    Prince Philip: Bailey Edwards
    Lord Chamberlain: David Carter
    Isobel: Mia Hull
    Simon: Jackson Zerkle
    Cyprian: Connor Lawhorn
    Innocent: Ben Rosenblum
    Checkers: Spencer Lee-Rey
    Guests: Veronica Kovalcik, Evelyn Mahon, Sofia Smith

     

    CREATIVE TEAM:
    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
    1st ASM: Kimmy Golding
    2nd ASM: Venson Williams
    3rd ASM: Maryanne Masibo
    Light Board Operator: Russell Maclin
    Sound Board Operator: Abraham Kirby-Galen
    Costume Shop Supervisor: Barbara Bell
    Assistant Costume Shop Manager: Samantha Patterson

    Presented by arrangement with Rita Gombrowicz

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