Glacity presents play about Polish immigrants in 1980sWritten by John Dorsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
If the Glacity Theatre Collective’s latest production leaves you feeling like a man without a country, then it’s done its job. The company’s presentation of Janusz Glowacki’s celebrated dark comedy “Hunting Cockroaches” proves that even though you may not be able to go home again, that doesn’t mean it can’t keep messing with your head. The play, which is produced in association with the Lagrange Street Polish Festival, is set to open in the newly renovated Ohio Theatre at 8 p.m. July 12.
The company previously produced the play under prior Artistic Director Cornel Gabara, who will reprise the role of Jan. Other cast members include Jennifer Nagy-Lake, Ben Pryor and Pamela Tomassetti. The production features set design by James S. Hill and costumes by Holly Monsos. Current Artistic Director Edmund Lingan is directing.
“I was very familiar with the play prior to Glacity producing it. By coincidence, I happened to know the translator and have always thought of the piece as a great farce with a lot of pathos. This play examines a much different time. I think a lot of younger people in this country don’t even remember what it’s like to go through a change of political regime. A lot of Americans now have never dealt of that sort of post-traumatic stress,” Lingan said.
The play, which takes place in New York City in the 1980s, tells the story of successful artists Jan and Anka Krupinski, who’ve fled Communist-occupied Poland, through a series of “visitors” in the form of nightmares, memories and embodied worries.
Writer Glowacki immigrated to New York from Poland. He is the author of “Antigone in New York,” which was nominated for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play. He has also worked as a screenwriter.
“Hunting Cockroaches” continues with performances at 8 p.m. July 13 and 2 p.m. July 14. Doors open a half hour prior to curtain. The Ohio Theatre is located at 3114 Lagrange St.
For ticket information, visit www.glacity.org.