Loose Screws

Nine New Plays from Poland

Edited by Dominika Laster

Loose Screws

Edited by Dominika Laster

Distributed for Seagull Books

466 pages | 7 halftones | 6 x 7 1/2 | © 2014
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780857421777 Published May 2015 World sales rights except India
An unprecedented anthology of contemporary Polish drama, Loose Screws brings together nine previously un-translated plays by prominent playwrights who have emerged in rapidly changing postcommunist landscapes. The plays expose ways in which individual and social violence impinge upon one another, disrupt notions of a monolithic Polish identity, and try to find meaning within the post-9/11 global context.

This comprehensive collection offers an account of Polish history and politics though plays that range in subject from communism to mental illness, criminal and social violence, and working-class life and globalization. Serving as the cornerstone for the collection, Malgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk’s Loose Screws examines the ways in which various psychopathologies play themselves out in the private and public spheres in postcommunist Poland. The anthology includes a substantive introduction that situates each play within its historical, political, and theatrical context.
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction ~ Dominika Laster
 
Past Revisited and Revised
The Files ~ Teatr Ósmego Dnia
Eat the Heart of Your Enemy ~ Michal Bajer
Helver’s Night ~ Ingmar Villqist
 
Rehearsing Domesticity
Daily Soup ~ Amanita Muskaria
The First Time ~ Michal Walczak
Let’s Talk about Life and Death ~ Krzysztof Bizio
 
Unmaking Poland
Made in Poland ~ Przemslaw Wojcieszek
A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians ~ Dorota Maslowska
Loose Screws ~ Malgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk
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