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Jan Klata

Born in 1973. Studied directing at the State College for Theatre. While he was still studying, Jan Klata worked as an assistant for Jerzy Grzegorzewski, Jerzy Jarocki und Krystian Lupa. Klata’s debut as a playwright came at the age of 12 with “The Green Elephant”, which was printed in the magazine “Dialog” and performed at the Witkiewicz Theatre in Zakopane. His second play “Smiling Grapefruit” was presented at the EuroDrama festival in Wrocław. His first production as director was his staging of Nikolai Gogol’s “The Reviser” at the Teatr Dramatyczny in Wałbrzych, where he re-set the play in the Gierek years in Poland.

Klata’s “Reviser”was invited to the Dialog Festival in Wrocław. His next productions were: “The Dungeons of the Vatican”, after André Gide (staged at the Teatr Współlczesny in Wrocław, 2004); “H”, which borrowed from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” (2004, in a derelict hall of the Gdansk shipyard); “Janulka, Daughter of Fizdejko“ after Witkacy (Teatr Dramatyczny, Wałbrzych, 2004); Burgess’ “Clockwork Orange”(2005) and “Phantasy” after Juliusz Slowacki (Teatr Wybrzeze in Gdansk, 2005). Klata is among the most important directors of recent years. His works can be seen as an attempt to establish political theatre in Poland. The political magazine “Polityka” awarded him the “Polityka Passport Prize” in the field of Theatre.

Ulrike Dittrich

Following her apprenticeship in an art gallery in Stuttgart Ulrike Dittrich studied media and communication, theatre, and art history at the Freie Universität Berlin. In the 1990s, she did press work and production for off-theatre projects and was public relations manager for Friends of Italian Opera – The English Theatre Berlin from 1998 to 2002. In 2001, she freelanced as project assistant and event manager for the European Academy Berlin; 2002-2004 she was academic trainee at the Ravensbrück Memorial Museum/Brandenburg Memorials Foundation. Since 2004, Ulrike Dittrich freelances with academic services like research, editing, event management, press work, and lecturing; her research emphasis lies on memory cultures. Together with S. Jacobeit she has published a book about “concentration camp souvenirs” in 2005 (KZ-Souvenirs. Erinnerungsobjekte der Alltagskultur im Gedenken an die nationalsozialistischen Verbrechen, Potsdam 2005).
Since 2001, she is member of the INTERPICNIC theatre team and for more than 30 episodes she is performing in INTERPICNIC’s urban soft toy soap opera “Humana – Modern Life in Berlin”. Ulrike Dittrich lives in Berlin.

Dunja Funke

Dunja Funke lives in Weimar, Thuringia and works as a project manager and dramatist at the Deutsches Nationaltheater. She studied media design at the Bauhaus University in Weimar. During her university studies she worked as a free editor in the German radio station „Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk“. In 1999 she was one of the founders of the non-commercial radio station „Lotte“ where she still works regularly as an editor and presenter. In Leipzig she took part in the art gallery „medialab“ with a video work on the subject „Body in the Box“. In 1999 she worked as a production assistant in the art festivals’ production „Schlaf“ by Janec Müller produced by the independent theatre „Theaterhaus Weimar“. Directly after her university studies she worked as a project and festival manager for the art festival „Kunstfest“ which takes place once a year in Weimar. Between 2001 and 2005 she took part in two art exhibitions of Naomi Tereza Salmon. In 2003 she founded together with her colleague Ronald Hirte the initiative „audiofunken“, in which they organize an open air radio play festival once a year.

Written and directed by
Jan Klata (Warsaw)

Research, advice, casting
Ulrike Dittrich
Dunja Funke, Haiko Pfost (assistance during development phase)

18 November 2006: premiere at Teatr Współczesny, Wrocław
Jan Klata