Henry Heymann Theatre: - Tadeusz Slobodzianek; trans: Ryan Craig; dir: Andrew Paul.
Since its 2009 World Premiere at London’s National Theatre, audiences and critics have been deeply moved by the stories within this extraordinary play that spans eighty years, ranging between Poland and America. “I want to be a fireman.” “I want to be a teacher.” “I want to be a movie star.” Poland, 1925. As these Polish classmates – 5 Catholic, 5 Jewish – grow up, their lives take dramatically unexpected turns as their country is torn apart by invading armies, first Soviet and then German. Friend betrays friend and violence quickly escalates, reaching a crescendo that will forever haunt the survivors. Based on true events in the Polish town of Jedwabne and inspired in part by Jan Gross’ controversial book Neighbors, Our Class bravely explores a subject still debated today.