This is the first comprehensive presentation in English of the history of Polish theater during Poland's years of war and captivity under the Communist regime.
This work explores Polish theater within the context of the political predicament of the country, which was conquered and divided by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union (1939-1945) and then ruled by the Soviets' imposed Communist regime (1945-1989). Braun examines theatrical events, describes productions, and portrays artists from aesthetic, cultural, and political viewpoints with a scholarly and impartial perspective. This comprehensive introduction, the first of its kind in English, includes brief overviews of the history of Poland and Polish theater, clear discussions of major theatrical developments and the facets of theatrical life in Poland, and 26 detailed profiles of the leading theater artists of the period. The book is supplemented with a bibliography of sources in English and Polish, and indexes of names and plays (with titles in both English and Polish).
Preface Introduction A Concise History of Polish Theater 1939-1989 First Period: 1939-1945: Theater in Time of War Second Period: 1945-1948: The Reconstruction of Theatrical Life Third Period: 1949-1955: The Apogee of Stalinism Fourth Period: 1956-1960: "Theatrical October" Fifth Period: 1960-1980: The Twenty "Captive Years" Sixth Period: 1980-1981: Solidarity Theater Seventh Period: 1982-1989: Theater of Martial Law and the Last Communist "Normalization" Epilogue Selected Issues Profiles of Selected Theater Artists The Lawgivers The Old Guard The "Polish Staging Theater" The "Polish Visual Theater" Polish Research Theater The Rationalists in "The Time Out of Joint" Community Builders The Most Prominent Actors Bibliography Indexes
Endorsements To this day, this is the most valuable reference book on contemporary Polish theatre and it generates great respect fot the competence, independence, and humanity of the author.—^B^XTymoteusz Karpowicz^LProfessor Emeritus, UIC^R