Issue 6/2019 (751)



Story of Forgetting

Magda Drab

A play written on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of Poland's regaining independence. It talks about a Ms. P., an allegorical Poland, an elderly woman with dementia, who has had a hard life. She suffered hunger, war, terror, and humiliation. In subsequent scenes, her memories return, but she prefers to remember nothing or to remember in her own way. She escapes from historical trauma into childhood, reversing roles with her own daughter. The drama, critical of „great narratives”, uses poetic images and avoids literalness.

Roe v. Wade

Sarah Schulman

Roe v. Wade is the story of two twenty-seven year old women from Texas, who represented the future of all American women before the Supreme Court in 1973 and won the right to legal abortion in the United States.  It is story of how one: a poor, addicted lesbian and prostitute, went on to become a born-again Christian and champion an anti-abortion ministry, while the other: a middle-class, married, heterosexual lawyer went on to spend her life trying to defend her victory against constant threats and givebacks.

Just Like This

Piotr Wawer

After childbirth, a young woman goes into a coma due to the negligence of her doctor, who has not taken proper care of her. The husband struggles for her recovery unsuccessfully, and finally, after her death, he is left alone with the little son and the mystery of a medical error. The drama, based on the author's true story, shows the backgrounds of hospital abuse and tackles the problem of hospitals’ legal liability.

Essays, Studies

To raise awareness

An interview with Małgorzata Omilanowska, art historian and  former Minister of Culture in Polish government.

Thirty years later

Answers to the survey in which we asked the question:

What theatre or theatre-related event has remained in your memory as one that changed your thinking, left an indelible mark or pointed to a new perspective?

Privatisation of emotions. Polish theatre after 1989

Barbara Świąder-Puchowska

In the aftermath of the socio-political change brought about by the overthrow of communism thirty years ago, all areas of public life, including theatre, had to be redefined. For Polish scenes it meant organizational, administrative, financial, repertoire, esthetic, artistic and also social reforms. The effects of social and political transformation after the events of 1989 were visible in Polish theatre at every level of its functioning, both as an institution and as art.

From sham to revision. Polish drama after 1989

Piotr Dobrowolski

The popular practice in the production of theatre performances on repertoire dramatic stages in Poland resulted in the dramatists taking over roles formerly associated with playwrights. It was not, however, a simple replacement of the name describing them, but rather the emergence of a new style and way of working. Today the dramatist works in consultation with the director and the rest of the team preparing the theatrical spectacle. The closeness of authors and directors makes it sometimes difficult to perceive the effects of their work as separate entities.

Esthetics and consciousness

An interview with Dorota Semenowicz and Katarzyna Tórz, curators of the Malta Festival in Poznań.

Further talk in the Weather Forecast cycle about the situation of Polish theatre in the context of the social situation and the cultural policy of the state.

Sarah Schulman: excerpts from pedagogy of engagement

Joanna Krakowska

The case of Roe vs. Wade, which led to the legalization of abortion in the United States and which is the subject of Sara Schulman's play published in this issue, has unexpectedly reappeared on the case list. The drama from a few years ago acquires exceptional timeliness in May 2019 in the context of escalating protests in many US cities against attempts to overthrow the ruling of the Supreme Court in the Roe case of 1973.

Tragedy of medical errors

Tomasz Pasierski

Unlike failure, by definition a medical error is often avoidable and there is usually someone who is responsible for this error. We can distinguish between different types of medical errors. Thus: technical errors, errors in medical thinking, normative errors (exceeding the rules) or malpractice, which include carelessness and exceeding one’s competences. However, there are also cases when the doctor has full clarity of the situation and only due to neglect does not take proper action. A lot of medical errors are due to neglect or sloppiness.


Piotr Morawski, Marek Beylin, Pedro Pereira, Tadeusz Nyczek


Contexts: Olga Byrska on the margin of Judith Lyon-Caen’s book La griffe du temps. Ce que l’histoire peut dire de la littérature, Gallimard, Paris 2019. Notes on plays: Torben Betts Caroline’s Kitchen; Konstantin Küspert sklaven leben. Playbill