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Middle-class loneliness, explored without a word.
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October 2016
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Wednesday October 26, 2016
Performances no longer available.
US Premiere
Request Concert
Oct 26—Oct 29, 2016

Laznia Nowa Theater and TR Warszawa
By Franz Xaver Kroetz
Directed by Yana Ross

Presented in association with the Polish Cultural Institute New York


On a normal workday Fräulein Rasch comes home at about 6:30pm after work and after her shopping. She enters the apartment house, checks her mail, finds only an advertisement, takes it, goes to her door, unlocks it, and steps in.

Not a single word is uttered in German playwright Franz Xaver Kroetz’s devastating 1972 experiment in hyper-realism. Alone in her studio apartment, a middle-aged, middle-class woman—played by renowned Polish actress Danuta Stenka (Krum, 2007 Next Wave), performing a meticulous execution of Kroetz’s stage directions—goes about her well-worn evening ritual: dinner for one, dishes, a listener request program on the radio. As she brushes past audience members, gathered in the round and able to peer into director Yana Ross’ intimate, installation-like staging, this mute everywoman’s quotidian gestures, made all the more haunting by her ruthless tidiness, weave a brutal tapestry of loneliness, repression, and desperation.


Dramaturgy by Aska Grochulska
Translation by Danuta Zmij-Zielinska
Music by Aska Grochulska and Tomasz Wyszomirski
Lighting design by Mats Ohlin
Scenography and multimedia design by Simona Bieksaite
Scenic co-designer Zane Pihlstrom
Co-Dramaturg Marcin Zawada

Produced by Laznia Nowa Theater in association with TR Warszawa and Divine Comedy International Theatre Festival

1hr 15min
Seating for this performance is limited. Audience members are permitted to move around the set or sit on the floor during the performance. There will be some seating available for those who require it. 
“The mundane is transformed into something close to hypnotic...“Request Concert” is a fascinating play about a commonplace subject.”
— The New York Times
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