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Around & About Theater: Studium Teatraine from Poland Performing & Teaching in Bay Area

By Ken Bullock
Friday September 27, 2013 - 10:14:00 AM

Studium Teatraine, directed by Jerzy Grotowski's student Piotr Borovski, will be in the Bay Area next week, a residency presented by the San Francisco Arts Festival, performing an adaptation of Hannah Kral's novel Chasing the King of Hearts, as well as teaching an afternoon-long, free acting workshop and presenting a discussion, Poland During and After World War II, with Dr. Krzystof Persak, director of the Office of the President, Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw. 

Chasing the King of Hearts concerns the story of Izolda Regenberg, a Jewish woman trapped in the Warsaw Ghetto with her family and her husband's, who escapes, disguised as an Aryan woman, and her wish to free her husband as well. Four actors play 22 characters on a minimal set, following Borovski's interpretation of Grotowski's intimate and intense performance aesthetics.  

Performances: Wednesday-Friday, 8 pm, NohSpace, 2840 Mariposa, San Francisco and Saturday at 8, University Theatre, CSU East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd, Hayward. $18-$25. Free acting workshop, Tuesday, 12-6, Studio Theatre, CSU. Free, discussion with Dr. Persak, Saturday at 4, CSU Studio Theatre. Further info: