A COUPLE OF POOR POLISH-SPEAKING ROMANIANS
Written by Dorota Maslowska
Directed by Katharine Noon
Produced by The Ghost Road Company
March 19-22 and March 26 & 28 at 8pm /March 28 at 10:30pm
at The Lillian Theater
This March, as part of Polish Theatre Month, The Ghost Road Company presents the Los Angeles premiere of “A Couple of Poor Polish-Speaking Romanians” by the contemporary Polish playwright Dorota Maslowska and translated by Benjamin Paloff. This darkly comic drug addled odyssey is part road trip, part nihilistic spree and part drug store cowboy. As their game unfolds, the titular characters Blighty and Gina soon discover that nothing is as they thought it would be and everything is as they feared. What starts out as a lark soon turns into something all too real as they become trapped in a world they were only supposed to be visiting. Secrets are revealed and disguises shattered in this wild ride through the night in which, it seems, no one is in control. Directed by Katharine Noon and produced by The Ghost Road Company, this is their third foray into presenting contemporary Polish plays.
Performances will be held at The Lillian Theatre (Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90038) Thurs, March 19th through Sunday, March 22nd at 8pm, with additional performances on March 26th at 8pm and March 28th at 8:00pm and 10:30pm.
Directed by Ghost Road Artistic Director Katharine Noon, “A Couple of Poor Polish-Speaking Romanians” features Ghost Road Company members Ronnie Clark and Brian Weir, along with Jenn Kirk, Julian Alexander, and Johanna MacKay. They are joined by longtime collaborators Maureen Weiss (production design) and Cricket Myers (sound design), who have both worked with the ensemble for the last nine years. Luc Hediger (lighting design), Josh Worth (projection design), Maggie Lima (costume design), Molly McGraw (stage management), Andrea Odinov Fuller (dialect coach) and Ghost Road’s Mark Seldis (producer) round out the production team.
“A Couple of Poor Polish-Speaking Romanians” is part of Polish Theatre Month/LA, organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw, and this production was commissioned by the Polish Consulate in Los Angeles, with additional support from the Mickiewicz Institute. Other events in Polish Theatre Month include the Stage Raw International Digital Play Festival, a production of Magda Fertacz’s “Trash Story” at UCLA, Slawomir Mrozek’s “The Immigrants” presented by Teatr Polski at Odyssey Theatre, and a reading of Dorota Maslowska’s “No Matter How Hard We Tried” at Son of Semele Theatre, directed by Matt McCray.
The Ghost Road Company has been involved with Polish-American theatre exchanges for a number of years, beginning with supporting Polish artists visiting Los Angeles, including Song of the Goat Theatre and Teatr Zar and participating in The Grotowski Festival in Wroclaw in 2009. In 2012, the ensemble participated in a two-week residency with Studium Teatralne in Warsaw, and in 2013 Ghost Road presented their own ensemble devised work “The Bargain and the Butterfly” and Malgorzata Sikorska-Miszczukz’s “Pantofelnik’s Suitcase” in Warsaw. In addition, the ensemble presented a workshop of “Diamonds are the Coal That Got Away” by Pawel Dimirski in an adaptation by Los Angeles playwright Kevin King.
A Couple of Poor Polish-Speaking Romanians
Directed by Katharine Noon
Featuring Julian Alexander, Jenn Kirk, Joanna McKay, Ronnie Clark, and Brian Weir
March 19-22, March 26 & 28 at 8:00pm plus March 28 at 10:30pm
The Lillian Theatre
6322 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90038
$20 general admission/ $15 student & senior
Seating is general admission and tickets are available for purchase in advance online via https://ghostroad.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0O1200000IBhAJEA1 or in-person at the theater’s Box Office one hour prior to each performance.
For more information visit www.ghostroad.org or call 310-281-8341.
These performances are funded by The Polish Consulate in Los Angeles and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.