Tribute to S. Mrozek and Z. Herbert Chopin Theatre and The Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature, University of Illinois Chicago

Tribute to Mrozek and Herbert is not just a tribute for two great Polish writers of international recognition but also a tribute for two dynamic and socially engaged personalities.


Fri 12/5 is full. For standing room,

Or reserve below for Sat 12/6 12n, or Sun 12/7 4pm

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12/05/14 - 12/07/14

Fri 6p; Sat 12n, Sun 4p

Friday, December 5, 2014


6.30-7.30: Opening Night with Reception


7.30: Mrożek’s Faces: Introductory Lecture by Professor Michał Paweł Markowski, Hejna Chair in Polish Language and Literature, at University of Illinois at Chicago.


8.15: Vatzlav by Mrożek: Introductory Remarks by  G. Damico, Trap Door Theatre

8.30: 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 director B. Pilch for this most  valuable Chicago troupe.” *** (3) Stars! D. Zak, “Ch Stage.”

“Presented full throttle by director Beata Pilch…” – T. Adler, “Chicago Reader.”

 9.45:  After party with guests & students from invited


Saturday December 6, 2014


Tribute to Z. Herbert


12.00-1.00: Lunch

1.00-1.45:   Pebble and History: Introduction to Zbigniew Herbert by Professor M. Markowski, The Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature, University of Illinois at Chicago.

1.45-2.30:  Herbert, Miłosz and Others: Biographical Remarks by A. Franaszek (Kraków), literary critic, editor, and award-winning author of the definitive biography of C. Miłosz; now working on biography of Z.  Herbert.

2.45-3.15 New Herbert Translations/New Anthology of Polish Poetry, readings by J. Trzeciak (Kent State), acclaimed and award-winning translator of Polish poetry, Szymborska, Różewicz and others.

3.15-4.00: Who was Zbigniew Herbert? A Roundtable with M. Markowski, J. Trzeciak,  A.Franaszek,

4.00: Dinner


Tribute to S. Mrozek


5.00-6.00     Why Mrożek Today?  A discussion with directors C. Gabara (Romania) – Univ. of Toledo ;  A. Gelman (Russia) – Northern Illinois Univ.; C. Burgason (US) – Wittenberg Univ., G. Milev(Serbia)

6.30-7.15   S. Mrożek, Strip Tease, by Toledo University

7.30-8.15  S. Mrożek, Out at Sea, by Wittenberg University


Sunday December 7, 2014

4.00  S. Mrożek, Out at Sea and Strip Tease: the afternoon performances open to general public

The Tribute is partially supported by:
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago
The Hejna Family Chair in Polish Language and Literature, University of Illinois Chicago
Chicago Sister Cities - Warsaw
Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union


All events are free but reservations for performances are suggested

Carl Burgason, Gary Damico, Cornel Gabara, Beata Pilch

Adam Barstow, Lynnette A. Bates, Holly Cerney, Andrzej Franaszek, Alexander Gelman, Johnny Graff, John Gray, Deidre Hooley, Eddy Karch, Justin Laudano, Michal Pawel Markowski, Mike Mazzocca, Goran Milev, Lindsey Miller, Leslie Ruettiger, J. Keegan Siebken, Collin Sparks, Cory Sprinkles, Ann Sonneville, Mike Steele, Joanna Trzeciak

Keely-Rain Battle, Meg Eaton, Zachary D. Fellhauer, Megan Meier, Lauren Swanson

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