Theatre Department

“Princess Ivona,” a revival for New York City
By Witold Gombrowicz, Translated by Krystyna Griffith-Jones and Catherine Robins, Directed by Omar Sangare

After a recent successful production of “Princess Ivona” at Williams Theatre, the cast will develop a version of the show to be presented in New York City. This special presentation will reunite a creative team of international collaborators, including two choreographers from Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, a set designer from Poland, a lighting designer who worked on Broadway and New York Fashion Week, and a sound designer from the vanguard of innovative New York theatre. This theatrical experience will give students the opportunity to share their talents and engage with the professional environment of the New York theatre district.

In this dark humor play, two different societies drastically collide: traditional and unconventional. The theme of the play highlights the comparison between those devoted to empty platitudes, lack of creativity, and hatred, and those with mysterious and inspiring minds. Witold Gombrowicz, one of the most influential playwrights of the twentieth century, brings humor, truth of human nature, and universal pieces of wisdom. Which society are you in? Come and find out!

The play introduces Prince Philip, the most eligible bachelor in Burgundia, who can attract any woman he desires. But when he declares his engagement to the commoner Ivona, his scandalized kingdom must confront the ugliness and cruelty within each soul. Why is the royal court so threatened by the mysterious future princess, who refuses to speak for herself? This grotesque comic fable by absurdist master Witold Gombrowicz explores what happens when genteel facades are shattered, fear and humiliation take over, and repressed human brutality gushes to the surface.

Review by Williams Record

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Tickets available at the Theatre Row Box Office (410 West 42nd Street, New York City), over the phone at 212.239.6200 and via Telecharge.com

CAST:

Ivona: Petra Mijanović
King Ignatius: Michael Druker
Queen Margaret: Carina Zox
Prince Philip: Bailey Edwards
Lord Chamberlain: David Carter
Isobel: Mia Hull
Simon: Jackson Zerkle
Cyprian: Connor Lawhorn
Innocent: Ben Rosenblum
Checkers: Spencer Lee-Rey
Guests: Veronica Kovalcik, Evelyn Mahon, Sofia Smith

CREATIVE TEAM:
Director: Omar Sangare
Choreographers: Pablo Aran Gimeno & Jorge Puerta Armenta
Set Design: Joanna Kus
Lighting Design: Coby Chasman-Beck
Sound Design: Stephen Simalchik
Costume Design: Deb Brothers
Assistant to the Director: Mia Hull
Dramaturg: Ilya Khodosh
Graphic Designer: Julia Kwinto
Production Manager: Marcin Sangare
Production Stage Manager at Theatre Row: Jacob Wexler
Stage Manager at ’62 CTD: Joseph Baca
1st ASM: Kimmy Golding
2nd ASM: Venson Williams
3rd ASM: Maryanne Masibo
Light Board Operator: Russell Maclin
Sound Board Operator: Abraham Kirby-Galen
Costume Shop Supervisor: Barbara Bell
Assistant Costume Shop Manager: Samantha Patterson

Presented by arrangement with Rita Gombrowicz

Special Thanks to: Prof. Allen Kuharski, Prof. Bojana Mladenovic, Bartek Remisko, Seth Rogers, the Lecture Committee at Williams College, and the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Performing Arts Endowment

Produced under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, in partnership with Polish Cultural Institute New York, and Williams College