Saint Oedipus
In Association with Polish Cultural Institute
First Floor Theatre
October 13 - 30, 2005
Thursday - Saturday 8:00pm
Sunday 2:30pm & 8:00pm
Tickets $15
Wierszalin Theatre from Poland

Box office 212.475.7710

"Ingenious. Exceptional acting complimented by a visual banquet of design.
This time-defying, entralling collage of lust, fear, guilt, rage and emptiness is not for the faint-hearted."

--EdinburghGuide, 2005 Edinburgh Fringe

"Astonishing....90 minutes fly by. Unforgettable. The stuff of theatrical genius."
-- British Theatre Guide, 2005 Edinburgh Fringe


SAINT OEDIPUS -- which reflects on the myth of Oedipus and the nature of human sexuality -- is performed as a psychedelic game between two actors: a man and a woman, a mother and a son. Uncommonly visual with a rich musical score, "SAINT OEDIPUS (performed in English)" is written and directed by Theatre Wierszalin's Piotr Tomaszuk, who drew not only from the Oedipal myth, but also from Thomas Mann's novels "Doctor Faustus" and "The Holy Sinner," the book of Psalms and the medieval tales "Gesta Romanorum" to create this original work for the stage.

"SAINT OEDIPUS" is performed by Edyta Lukaszewicz-Lisowska and Rafal Gasowski. Scenic design is by Jan Zavarsky, costume design by Eva Farkasova, music by Piotr Nazaruk, with direction and lighting by Piotr Tomaszuk.

An award-winning writer and director in his native Poland, Piotr Tomaszuk co-founded the Theatre Wierszalin in 1991. The company -- which draws upon the traditions of Jerzy Grotwoski and Tadeusz Kantor -- earned Edinburgh's Fringe First Awards for ROLL A PEA, MERLIN and DOCTOR FELIX. A graduate of the Theatre Department of Zelwerowicz State Theatre Academy in Warsaw, Tomaszuk was the artistic director of the Miniatura State Theatre in Gdansk. In 1994, he won one of Poland's most prestigious theatre awards, the Konrad Swinarski Prize. Wierszalin Theatre's productions have been presented at international festivals in Germany, UK, Italy, the U.S., Japan, Mexico and Australia.

The NY-based Polish Cultural Institute is dedicated to promoting and nurturing cultural ties between the US and Poland. During the Polish Cultural Institute's first three years, its consistently sold-out productions have grown in scope from the 50-seat Knitting Factory to the 2000-seat Carnegie Hall. It has collaborated with cultural institutions including La MaMa, Art at St. Ann's, Lincoln Center, BAM, Collective Unconscious, and MoMA. Previous productions include a critically acclaimed adaptation of Gombrowicz's satirical novel FERDYDURKE, Slawomir Mrozek's OUT AT SEA & STRIPTEASE and SERENADE & PHILOSOPHER FOX; plus a spectacular four-night performance under the Brooklyn Bridge of street-theatre classic CARMEN FUNEBRE.

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