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A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians
Balch Street Theatre
Akron, OH
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A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians
For Immediate ReleaseMay 13, 2012
Contact: James Slowiak
Co-Artistic Director, NWPL

the NWPL Studio 2 production of
A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians

Akron, OH--The Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture (CATAC)  is pleased to present the New World Performance Laboratory Studio 2 production of the area premiere of "A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians" by Dorota Maslowska (translated into English by Benjamin Paloff) on June 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 (ThursdaySaturday) at 8:00 pm in the Balch Street Theatre, 220 South Balch Street, Akron OH, 44302. Directed by NWPL Co-Artistic Director James Slowiak, set and costume design by Inda Blatch-Geib, and lighting design by Steven Bornhoeft, this hilarious, dark, contemporary work tells the story of a drug-induced, wild road-trip across Poland that highlights the challenges we all face with identity, class, and xenophobia.  Admission is $10 (2 for 1 on Thursday). For mature audiences.  Reservations can be made by calling 330-867-3299 or online at www.brownpapertickets.com

Blighty, a Polish TV-actor in disguise, and Gina, a young poverty-stricken pregnant mother, leave a party high on drugs and set off on a crazy road-trip claiming to be "Polish-speaking Romanians."  The masquerade soon turns sour as they hijack cars, terrorize drivers, and cause mayhem.  When their drug-induced frenzy calms down, they become victims of their own fiction and awaken to the cold reality of a world without compassion for alien immigrants, poverty, or the economic and social rift between the classes.  

Dorota Maslowska is a literary sensation in her native Poland and has been hailed as a major post-modernist writer around the world.  At 19, she wrote the internationally acclaimed, award-winning novel, Snow White and Russian Red, "a depiction of unbalanced, sexually aggressive, amphetamine-scarred youth both feted for its originality and condemned for its brutal vulgarity." At 24 she wrote her first play: A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians. The play ran for 2 years in Warsaw, and has been produced globally, including English language productions in London, Chicago, New York, Prague, and Sydney.  NWPL's Studio 2 production is an area premiere of this important and challenging contemporary theatre work.

NWPL's Studio 2 is a project to introduce a new generation of theatre artists to the methodology and work of New World Performance Laboratory.  For 20 years, New World Performance Laboratory has been creating internationally acclaimed theatre in its home Akron, Ohio.  

For more information, call 330-867-3299, email nwplab@gmail.com or visit CATAC/NWPL's website at www.nwplab.com

A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians

A New World Performance Laboratory Studio 2 production

Produced by Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture (CATAC)

Playwright:  Dorota Maslowska

Translator:  Benjamin Paloff

Cast:  Jovana Bukvic, India Burton, Christopher Hariasz, Avery McCullough, Bobby Round, Kim Woodworth

Director:  James Slowiak

Stage Manager:  Sarah Jones

Set/Costume Designer:  Inda Blatch-Geib

Lighting Designer:  Steven Bornhoeft

Opens: Thursday, June 7, 2012 at 8 PM.
Closes: Saturday June 23, 2012 at 8 PM.
Runs: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM.
Admission: $10 (2-for-1 on Thursdays)
Where: The Balch Street Theatre, 220 South Balch Street, Akron, OH 44302
Info/Reservations: 330-867-3299
To purchase tickets online: www.brownpapertickets.com
Website:  www.nwplab.com


Balch Street Theatre (View)
220 South Balch Street
Akron, OH 44302
United States


Arts > Theatre

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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