– An exchange between playwrights and audiences in the United States and Poland —


 Quick Links: 


 One full-length play by each of four U.S. playwrights and four Polish playwrights is posted below. 


As part of a contest, Polish readers/playwrights are invited to respond any of the U.S. plays by creating a five-minute playlet inspired by one U.S. play. Please send to, with the subject heading DIGITAL PLAY FESTIVAL. Deadline for submission: midnight, March 7, 2015.

These plays will be curated in Warsaw. A concert reading of the winners will be live-streamed from Teatr STUDIO in the Palace of Culture, Warsaw, Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10 p.m. (1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time).


Conversely, American readers/playwrights  are invited to respond to any of the Polish plays by creating a five-minute playlet inspired by one Polish play. These plays will be curated in Los Angeles. Please send to with with the subject heading DIGITAL PLAY FESTIVAL. Deadline for submission: midnight, March 7, 2015. A concert reading of the winners will be live-streamed from Theatre @ Boston Court in Pasadena, California on Saturday, March 21, 2015, 1 p.m. (10 p.m. Central European Time).

At the Festival on March 21, simultaneously occurring in Pasadena and Warsaw, one Polish playlet will be broadcast from Warsaw (subtitled in English), followed by an American playlet broadcast from Pasadena, and so on, in an international game of live-digital ping-pong theater.


Special thanks to Pier Carlo Valenti, Literary Manager, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles; and Joanna Klass, Curator of Theater Programs, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Warsaw


Please stay tuned for more details.




Meet the U.S. Playwrights:



Click on the following link to access: Women Laughing Alone with Salad by Sheila Callaghan


For rights to produce Women Laughing Alone with Salad, please contact Chris Till at CAA in New York,, (212) 277-9000.


Sheila Callaghan’s plays have been produced and developed with Soho Rep, Playwright’s Horizons, South Coast Repertory, Clubbed Thumb, The LARK, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, New Georges, The Flea, Woolly Mammoth, Boston Court, and Rattlestick Playwright’s Theatre, among others. Sheila is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award for emerging artists, a Jerome Fellowship from the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis, a MacDowell Residency, a Cherry Lane Mentorship Fellowship, the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, and the prestigious Whiting Award. Her plays have been produced internationally in New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Germany, Portugal, and the Czech Republic. These include Scab, Crawl, Fade to White, Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake), We are Not These Hands, Dead City, Lascivious Something, Kate Crackernuts, That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play, Fever/Dream, Everything You Touch, Roadkill Confidential, Elevada, and Women Laughing Alone with Salad. She is published with and Samuel French, and several of her collected works are published with Counterpoint Press. She has taught playwriting at Columbia University, The University of Rochester, The College of New Jersey, Florida State University, and Spalding University. Sheila is an affiliated artist with Clubbed Thumb and a member of the Obie winning playwright’s organization 13P. Sheila is also an alumni of New Dramatists.





The link to O’Hara’s play Barbecue has been removed;  it was just announced that it is opening the fall, 2015 season of the Public Theater in New York.


Robert O’Hara has received the NAACP Best Director Award, the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, the OBIE and Oppenheimer Award. He directed the World Premieres of Tarell McCraney’s Brother/Sister
Plays (Part 2), Colman Domingo’s Wild with Happy and his own plays, BootyCandy and Insurrec:on: Holding History. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at NYU/TISCH School of the Arts and the Mellon Playwright in Residence at Woolly Mammoth Theater.



ALICE TUAN (Los Angeles)

 Click on the following link to access: Cocks Crow, by Alice Tuan


For the rights to produce Cock’s Crow, please contact Alice Tuan at


Alice Tuan is the author of HIT, which premiered at Los Angeles Theater Center in May 2014. Her most recent plays concern Americans in Shanghai: Cocks Crow, a business play, as well as Private Rivals, a commission of Yale Rep/Binger Center for New Theater. Tuan is best known for Ajax (por nobody), which was fully staged for the first time at Toronto’s SummerWorks Festival in 2012 and written about in ‘The Shelf Life of Shock’ (The Drama Review, F’13).   Other plays include BATCH: An American Bachelor/ette Party Spectacle (Humana Festival) and Last of the Suns (Berkeley Rep, Ma-Yi Theater). Three entries from her blog Alice in Shanghailand are adapted as photo-journals in Love of Sun, an online installation where four Chinese artists look at California and four California artists look at China. ( Before she was a playwright, Tuan taught English as a Second Language in China and Los Angeles.




 Click on the following link to access: Red Speedo by Lucan Hnath


For the rights to produce Red Speedo, please contact Val Day at ICM Partners,


Lucas Hnath’s plays include The Christians (2014 Humana Festival), Red Speedo (Studio Theatre, DC), A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep), nightnight (2013 Humana Festival), Isaac’s Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Death Tax (2012 Humana Festival, Royal Court Theatre), and The Courtship of Anna Nicole Smith (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Lucas has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011 and is also a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. He is a winner of the 2012 Whitfield Cook Award for Isaac’s Eye, 2013 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation for Death Tax, and a two-time winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant for screenwriting. Lucas is also a recipient of commissions from the EST/Sloan Project, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, Playwrights Horizons, Royal Court Theatre, and New York University’s Graduate Acting Program. Lucas received both his BFA and MFA from NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing and is a lecturer in New York University’s Expository Writing Program. His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service.



Meet the Polish Playwrights:


Wojtek Ziemilski (Warsaw)


 Click on the following link to access Woztek Ziemilski’s Small Narration.


 Wojtek Ziemilski is a theater director and visual artist. He graduated from the theater directing course at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal. After returning to Poland in 2008, his projects earned him media attention as “the hot new name of Warsaw theater” (Gazeta Wyborcza), and “the rising star of Polish culture” (Duży Format). His Polish debut Small Narration (2009), a personal lecture performance about dealing with his family’s troubled past, has been regularly shown in Poland and abroad. His work is often an inquiry into spectatorship and the possibility for action. In Prologue (2011), premiering at the Krakow Theatrical Reminiscences Festival, and shown, among others, at the Ruhrtriennale, the spectators perform the show by answering questions about their experience of the theater. Social Flirt (2013), shown as an installation and performance at Warsaw’s Centre for Contemporary Art Zamek Ujazdowski, visitors play a social game using cards with quotes from parliamentary debates about partner relations. He collaborates with the BWA Warszawa art gallery and is part of the collective Centrum w Ruchu. Author of the New Art blog, as a critic, he collaborates with several cultural reviews in Poland and abroad, e.g. Krytyka Polityczna. He teaches contemporary approaches to performance with a particular focus on devising techniques, the new dance’s (so-called “non-danse”) input into theatricality, and its use on stage.



Magda Fertacz (Warsaw)


 Click on the following link to access Magda Fertacz’s Trash Story


Magda Fertacz is one of the major representatives of a generation of Polish writers who after 1989 have renewed the face of Polish drama. In her work Fertacz analyses interpersonal relations both in their purely human aspect, as well as in a wider, social context. Her texts turned out to be just as vivid and pertinent in countries which have not experienced the regime change of 1989 (when Soviet Communism was collapsing across Eastern Europe). She made her debut with the play Dust, distinguished in the competition Daring Radom in the J. Kochanowski Theatre in Radom in 2005, and staged at the National Theatre in Warsaw. Another piece Absinthe (2005) was presented in the Drama Lab Theatre in Warsaw, directed by Aldona Figura.  Absinthe won the second place at the Festival of Polish Contemporary Art R@port in Gdynia and the award of distinction in the Ministry of Culture competition for the performance of contemporary art.
A drama,  Trash Story won the Gdynia Drama Award of Gdynia, one of the most important drama prizes in Poland. Trash Story was also finalist at the Stuckemarkt in Berlin (2012). The screenplay of Trash Story was a finalist in the competition of the Ministry of Culture for the performance of contemporary art, as was her play White Balloons. Magda Fertacz works as a dramaturg with leading Polish directors. Her plays have been produced and published in Poland and abroad, and  have been translated into Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Hungarian, Swedish, German, Czech, Slovak, Hebrew, Romanian and English.



Szczepan Orłowski (London)


 Click on the following link to access Szczepan Orłowski’s Under


Playwright/author Szczepan Orłowski was born in 1989 in Białystok, Poland. He portrays society by exploring the individual, involved in a web of oppressive relationships. He co-authored the sound installation Implosion exhibited at Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw (2012). As a playwright, he debuted in the New Theatre of Łódź with And Iphigenia (Infection, 2012) for which he was awarded the Golden Mask, the city’s critics’ prize. He is author and co-author of several other plays (under, 0, Portrait of Polish Kings) and adaptations (PIN-OKIO, Black Battle with Dogs) staged in leading Polish theatres and festivals. He co-wrote the adaptation for Warsaw Cabaret directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski, staged at the Festival d’Avignon and Chaillot National Theater in Paris among other European theatres. He studies Text and Performance (MA) at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Birkbeck College, London.



Darota Maslowska (Warsaw)



Click on the following link to access Dorota Maslowska’s  A Couple of Poor, Polish-Speaking Romanians


Dorota Maslowska (Novelist and Playwright) was born in 1983 in the Polish village of Wejherowo near Gdansk, and entered the public eye at the age of 19 with the debut of her novel Snow White and Russian Red, a hallucinatory trip down the rabbit hole of post-Communist teenage life in the projects, full of hard partying, drug abuse, alienation and rebellion. A striking example of post-modernism meeting post-Communism, this debut book won instant acclaim and notoriety, winning the prestigious 2003 Polityka Passport in literature for “her personal take on Polish reality and creative use of common language.” It was almost immediately translated into several languages, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Russian, English, Hungarian and Czech, and adapted for the screen by Xawery Zulawski in 2009. Maslowska’s second novel, The Queen’s Peacock (2005), won Poland’s highest literary award, the Nike prize, a controversial choice over seven other finalists, including Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska. The title in Polish, Paw Krolowej, is a play on words that also translates as The Queen’s Puke. Described as a prose-poem in rap, it scathingly satirizes media-makers and pop stars, as well as the author’s own success. Theatrical adaptations of both books have been performed widely in Poland. In 2006 Maslowska’s debut play, A Couple of Poor Polish-Speaking Romanians, was commissioned and staged by the TR Warszawa theater, and it has since played throughout the world.  A second play, No Matter How Hard We Tried, was commissioned by TR Warszawa and Berlin’s Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, and premiered in Berlin at the Internationales Autorenfestival in March 2009, and has been performed in Poland and Stockholm, bringing Maslowska the prize for best playwright at the 9th All-Poland Festival of Contemporary Dramaturgy in Zabrze and the Grand Prix at the theatrical Divine Comedy in Krakow in 2009. In the same year Maslowska received a DAAD Artists Program Fellowship in Berlin. She was a guest in the 2007 PEN World Voices Festival in New York and her remembrance of the time of Communism, “Faraway, So Gross,” appears in the Words without Borders anthology The Wall in My Head (2009). Her most recent novel Honey, I Killed Our Cats, published in 2012, takes place within the American pop imaginarium, and weaves an urban tale of two independent young women through the author’s signature lexicon of street slang and mass-media-driven lingo.