Polish Writers in the World: Slawomir Mrożek and Zbigniew Herbert In Memoriam.


A three day tribute consists of lectures and theater performances commemorating last year’s passing of the renowned Polish playwright and the ninetieth anniversary of the birth of the great Polish poet.

Times/Dates: Friday, December 5, 2014

6:30p Opening Night with Reception
7:30p Mrożek’s Faces: Introductory Lecture by Professor Michał Paweł Markowski, Hejna Chair in
Polish Language and Literature, at University of Illinois at Chicago.
8:15p Vatzlav by Mrożek: Introductory Remarks by G. Damico, Trap Door Theatre
8:30p Vatzlav: a Chicago premiere by Trap Door Theatre
– 2014 Jefferson Award Recommendation
– “playful, fast-paced, and sardonic production.” – ***, K. Reid, “Ch. Tribune”
“a stylish production by this most valuable Chicago troupe.” *** (3) Stars! D. Zak, “Ch Stage.”
“Presented full throttle by director Beata Pilch…” – T. Adler, “Chicago Reader.”

Saturday December 6, 2014

12:00 Lunch
1:00p Pebble and History: Introduction to Zbigniew Herbert by Professor M. Markowski
1:45p Herbert, Miłosz and Others: Biographical Remarks by Andrzej Franaszek (Kraków), literary
critic, editor, and award-winning author of definitive biography of C. Miłosz; now working on
biography of Z. Herbert.
2:45p New Herbert Translations/New Anthology of Polish Poetry, readings by Assoc Prof. Joanna
Trzeciak (Kent State), award-winning translator of Polish poetry(Szymborska, Różewicz).
3:15p Who was Zbigniew Herbert? A Roundtable with M. Markowski, J. Trzeciak, A. Franaszek,
4:00p Dinner
5:00p Why Mrożek Today? A discussion with directors Cornel Gabara (Romania) , Univ. of Toledo;
Alexander Gelman (Russia), Northern Illinois Univ.; Carl Burgason (US), Wittenberg Univ.,
Goran Milev (Serbia)
6:30p Slawomir Mrozek’s, Strip Tease, by Toledo University
7:30p Slawomir Mrozek’s, Out at Sea, by Wittenberg University

Sunday December 7, 2014

4:00p Out at Sea and Strip Tease

The tribute is supported by Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, The Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature (UIC), Warsaw Sister Cities and Polish Slavic Federal Credit Union

Tickets: Complimentary attendance, reservations suggested http://herbertmrozektribute.eventbrite.com
Location: Studio Theatre at Chopin Theatre, 1543 W Division, Chicago, IL 60642

Zygmunt Dyrkacz Artistic Director
Lela Dyrkacz Managing Director

Chopin Theatre
1543 West Division Street
Chicago, IL 60642