24 September 2010 Słobodzianek new director of the Wola Theatre in Warsaw

The new director of the Wola Theatre in Warsaw is Tadeusz Słobodzianek – a guest of this year’s Conrad Festival. The former manager of the Drama Laboratory has replaced Maciej Kowalski, whose contract with the Warsaw Cultural Office was not extended. The goal he set for himself is the promotion of new Polish playwriting. – I would like for this to be a serious, thought-provoking theatre. That there will always be a full house. Whether I can do that or not – you’ll decide for yourselves” he said during the press conference.

Three premieres are already planned. On 16 October, Our Class will premiere, directed by Ondrej Spišák. In January, Amazonia by Michał Walczak will be directed by Agnieszka Glińska. “In the spring we are planning a premiere of Szymon Bogacz’s Allegro moderato directed by Krzysztof Rekowski” – he revealed in an interview with Życie Warszawy.

Tadeusz Słobodzianek is a well-known Polish playwright, co-founder of the Wierszalin Association and the founder of the Drama Laboratory, whose aim is the development and promotion of the newest Polish dramas. His drama Our Class has been heralded in Poland and around the world, and has been nominated to the NIKE 2010 awards. The winners of the awards will be announced 3 October.

In November the participants in the Second Joseph Conrad International Literature Festival will be able to see Our Class (in Polish) live on the boards at Krakow’s Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts Theatre.