Film Screenings and Dialogue with Polish Laboratory Theatre Actors

Thursday, November 8, 2012 – 7:00 PM 
One of Jerzy Grotowski’s major theatrical productions, Akropolis transports the action of Wyspiański’s drama from Wawel Hill to Auschwitz.
Followed by a discussion with the actors moderated by Marc Robinson (Professor of English and Theatre Studies)
Friday, November 9, 2012 – 7:00 PM
Based on Calderón de la Barca’s play, The Constant Prince features Ryszard Cieślak in the role that came to be known as the embodiment of Grotowski’s notion of the ‘holy actor.’
Followed by a discussion with the actors moderated by Paige McGinley (Assistant Professor of Theater Studies, American Studies, and African American Studies)
DAVENPORT AUDITORIUM,  248 York Street, New Haven
Events are Free but seating is limited
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Saturday, November 10, 2012 – 10AM – 2 PM
Workshop with Mieczysław Janowski and Andrzej Paluchiewicz, Actors of the Polish Laboratory Theatre
220 York Street, Ballroom  — Email Dominika Laster for more information:

Mieczysław Janowski worked in the Laboratory Theatre for eight years, playing in the theatre’s core productions, including Faust, Akropolis, and The Constant Prince.  After the Laboratory Theatre’s dissolution in 1984, Janowski continued acting in the Dramatic Theatre in Wałbrzych and the Wspołczesny Theatre in Wrocław.  Janowski’s acting was not limited to the theatre; from 1962 to 1986 he appeared in over 85 feature films.  In 1999, the President of Poland awarded Janowski with the Golden Order of Merit for his entire artistic oeuvre.

Andrzej Paluchiewicz worked with Jerzy Grotowski from 1966 to 1976.  He was an actor in the Laboratory Theatre and took part in the paratheatrical activities, which followed the Theatre of Productions phase.  Paluchiewicz was also the ensemble’s resident photographer. He is the author of some of the most iconic images of Grotowski’s productions.


This program is presented by Interdisciplinary Performance Studies at Yale (IPSY) and the Theatre Studies program at Yale University. The events are part of the Poland-U.S. Campus Arts Project, a program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw, Poland.