• Witold Gombrowicz’s Century

    An issue of: Theater
    Volume: 34
    Issue: 3
    Special Issue Editor(s): Tom Sellar
    Pages: 168
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  • 1. Contributors

    2. Up Front—Tom Sellar

    3. Improvisation with a Corpse: The Theater of Witold Gombrowicz Enters the Twenty-First Century—Allen J. Kuharski

    4. Witold Gombrowicz: A Visual Production History—Allen J. Kuharski

    5. Gombrowicz's Archives and the Theater—Vincent Giroud

    6. Excerpts from Polish Memories—Witold Gombrowicz

    7. A Facelift for the Soul: On Directing Gombrowicz—Anna Augustynowicz

    8. Gombrowicz's Grimaces and Games—Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek

    9. A Feast at Countess Kotlubay's—Witold Gombrowicz

    10. Remembering Joseph Chaikin (1935–2003)—Gordon Rogoff, Raymond J. Barry, Peter Feldman, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Rhea Gaisner, Paul Zimet, Susan Yankowitz, Joyce Aaron, Allen J. Kuharski, Kevin Kuhlke, Wayne Maugans, John Belluso, and Anders Cato

    11. Playing with Dolls and Houses—Wendy Weckwerth

    12. Masks and Destinies—Christopher W. White

    13. Staging Canada Performing Canada: The Nation Enacted in the Imagined Theatre by Alan Filewod 2002: University College of the Cariboo—Denis Salter

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    Susan Sontag has described the work of playwright and novelist Witold Gombrowicz (1904–1969) as "sublime mockery," humorously depicting the aspirations and contradictions of his native Poland's tumultuous entrance into modernity. As part of the worldwide centenary celebration of the author, this special issue of Theater reassesses his place in the American and international repertory. Witold Gombrowicz's Century includes overviews of Gombrowicz scholarship and production histories by Allen J. Kuharski and Vincent Giroud, a photo-essay of famous directors' approaches to his plays, Michael Hackett and Anna Krajewska-Wieczorek's adaptation of Gombrowicz's short story about cannibalistic aristocrats, commentary with Polish director Anna Augustynowicz, and the writer's previously unpublished correspondence with Luc Bondy and Luca Ronconi. The issue also features excerpts from the forthcoming edition of Gombrowicz's Memoirs, never before published in English, and is illustrated with personal and theatrical photos from Yale's Beinecke Library of Rare Books and Manuscripts.

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