Still from The Manuscript Found in Saragossa directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has, 1964, photo: Studio Filmowe Kadr / Filmoteka Narodowa
Iron Tongues is a theatre project, which will be held on 28th–29th April 2017 in Los Angeles. Its name refers to Golden Tongues – a series of contemporary theatre adaptations of classic Spanish plays Iron Tongues will take on works by Polish playwrights.
As part of the project, students of the USC School of Dramatic Arts wrote plays inspired by Polish works of literature. Their supervisors were prominent lecturers and playwrights Luis Alfaro, Jon Rivera and Michael Hackett. The young authors based their works on classic Polish plays such as The Danton Case by Stanisława Przybyszewska, The Wedding by Stanisław Wyspiański and The Manuscript Found in Saragossa by Jan Potocki. These works inspired their new plays, respectively: Year 9 directed by Inda Craig-Galván, Convergence Zone directed by John Allis and The Flight of Emina and Zubaida directed by Aja Houston.
All three artists were very conscious of how the Polish works influenced their productions. Aja Houston said this about her play:
It has been an exciting journey for me to delve into the sweeping world of The Saragossa Manuscript. I extracted universal themes which both fit into my writing aesthetic and forced me to add new colours to my work. What emerged from this exploration of the text is the Flight of Emina and Zubaida, a play I would have never known I had in me if not for this wonderful opportunity.
The event is co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, under its flagship brand Culture.pl.
Source: own material; compiled by MKD, Apr 2017, translated by WF, Apr 2017
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