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Spring Weekend: Puppenhaus. Treatment

stage reading (Poland), talkback, afterparty 12 May, 2019 - 7:00 PM

[Bohemian National Hall] 

Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival’s Spring Weekend presents a stage reading of Puppenhaus.Treatment by Polish playwright Magda Fertacz. In Puppenhaus.Treatment, Fertacz examines the issues of treason and collaborationism from the perspective of alternative codes of memory: “Traitors to the country,” “collaborators,” and “renegades” are World War II figures that have re-entered the national and political discourse of today. By constructing a theatrical fantasy about wartime, the artists are asking questions about the stigmatization, punishment and judgment of individuals who, for a variety of reasons, renounce heroism and refuse to fight and make sacrifices for their country. How is historical memory and moral evaluation of past choices and actions constructed? What are the limits of interpreting and fantasizing about history charged with trauma and heroism? How can collective memory be healed?


Puppenhaus.Treatment by Magda Fertacz, translated by Artur Zapalowski, directed by Zishan Ugurlu. Cast: Wednesday Sue Derrico, Chris Murphy, Tony Naumovksi and Anna Podolak. The play, directed by Jedrzej Piaskowski, had its premiere on April 6, 2017 at TR Warszawa.



Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Street, 1st Floor Cinema, New York, NY 10021


Free and open to the public. Space is limited, on first come, first served basis. RSVP online at Eventbrite.com.


Magda Fertacz is a playwright, screenwriter and interior designer. She made her debut as a playwright with the play Dust staged at the National Theater in Warsaw by Anna Trojanowska, which earned a distinction in the Radom Odwazny contest in 2005. She is also the winner of the Gdynia Drama Award and the competition at the Polish Contemporary Art Exhibition. Magda Fertacz is a graduate of the College of Communication and Social Media and the Department of Journalism of the University of Warsaw.


Zishan Ugurlu has worked extensively both in New York and abroad as a theater artist since 1995. She is an actress and director-in-residence at La MaMa and Great Jones Repertory Company. She has performed in numerous productions with Great Jones Repertory Company, including Panorama directed by Italian company Motus as part of The Under The Radar Festival 2018. Panorama presented in Italy, Belgium, and Spain. She is currently working on two directing projects: Music Room is about the prison system and will be performed by formerly incarcerated individuals and Fragments, Lists & Lacuna written by Alexandra Chasin, featuring Judits Butler and will be presented at New York Live Arts. She was recently awarded "Best Direction" for Yu Ling Wu's solo performance Dream American by the United Solo Festival 2018. Her recent directing credits include Measure for Measure (in Turkish) by William Shakespeare, Agamemnon (in Greek) by Aeschylus, Not About Nightingales by Tennessee Williams, She Talks to Beethoven by Adrienne Kennedy, The Judits of Shimoda by Bertolt Brech, Purge by Sofi Oksanen, The Realm of Darkness by Leo Tolstoy, The Father by August Strindberg, Temptation by Vaclav Havel, Blood on the Cat's Neck by Rainer W. Fassbinder, The Last Supper by Lars Noren, Operetta by Witold Gombrowicz, Until the Next Whirl by Rumi. She is the founding artistic director of "Actors without Borders-ITONY." She graduated from Columbia University with a MFA degree and holds a Ph.D. She is an associate professor at Lang College The New School University. She is the recipient of the prestigious Fox Foundation Fellowship granted by Theater Communications Group. 



Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival’s Spring Weekend is a showcase of emerging Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, and Slovak playwrights whose work reflects on current social and political issues. The plays have been translated into English and feature local New York performers and directors who will have the opportunity to try out these works onstage as part of the European Month of Culture. The program includes a full Romanian production as well.


Spring Weekend is organized by the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation (VHLF) and Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA), in collaboration with Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, Consulate General of the Slovak Republic in New York, the Polish Cultural Institute, the Romanian Cultural Institute, and Untitled Theater Company #61. The cultural institutions of these five countries collaborate with VHLF to select the plays as well as arrange trips for some of the chosen playwrights to New York City to participate in the rehearsals, stage reading performances, and discussions with the audience after the shows.


The program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Bohemian Benevolent & Literary AssociationHospodaThe National Czech and Slovak MuseumAmerican Friends of the Czech RepublicCzech CenterConsulate General