The Theater Of Michal Zadara

Allen J. Kuharski, Swarthmore College

Abstract

Polish theater director Michal Zadara is profiled, with a focus on his dual education in the U.S. and in Poland. Zadara's work represents a third stage in contemporary Polish theater, which began in the 1980s. He addresses the "Polish question," about how to stage and understand anew the Polish repertory as part of a larger European theatrical culture, liberated from the history of foreign oppression, the defensive postures of nationalism, as well as the temptations of assimilation into a larger globalized cultural landscape.