THE FOURTH SISTER
WRITTEN BY: Janusz Glowacki
TRANSLATED BY: Eva Nagorski & Janusz Glowacki
DIRECTED BY: Beata Pilch
March 9, 2006 – April 22, 2006
This production skillfully switches from moments of hilarity to
instances of existential dread in a manner that is almost, well, Chekhovian.
-Kerry Reid, Chicago Tribune
Glowacki?s frenetic script never cuts its pitch-black wit with sentimentality, and Trap Door Theatre?s ferocious production attacks the tangled plot with brio. Recommended! -John Beer, New City Stage
Chicago Tribune names “The Fourth Sister” as one of the ?Top 5 Shows of 2006?
The Fourth Sister…
Three sisters in modern day Moscow hunger for love and happiness amidst the uncertainty of a new world order.
When an American filmmaker comes to town, they see a chance to change their fates, and someday, just maybe get to Hollywood – or is it Brighton Beach?
An unflinchingly funny and daring epic, with a sly wink towards Chekhov.
About the Playwright:
Janusz Glowacki is the author of 8 plays, 10 books, 6 screenplays and 10 radio plays. Four of his movie scripts were produced in Poland, one directed by Oscar winning Andrzej Wajda. In 1999 his screenplay, Hairdo, won the Tony Cox Screenwriting Award in the Nantucket Film Festival Screenplay Competition. Glowacki’s most recent play, The Fourth Sister, had its world premiere in January of 2000, in Warsaw, Poland. It was produced in several theatres in Poland, Germany, and Slovenia and it won the grand prize in the 2001 International Theatre Festival in Dubrovnik. Glowacki was awarded the Jurzykowski Foundation Award (1995), the National Endowment for the Arts Playwright Fellowship, the Guggenheim Fellowship for 1988 and Drama League of New York Playwrighting Award (1987). In 1985 he received a New York State Council on Arts grant to write the play Hunting Cockroaches. In 1991 he was a Master Artist at the Atlantic Center for Arts. In 1989 he was playwright in residence at the Mark Taper Forum, and in 1984 in the New York Shakespeare Festival. In 1983 he held the Ida Beam visiting chair at the University of Iowa; in 1982 he was awarded the International Writing Program Fellowship at the University of Iowa. He is a member of the American PEN, the Writers Guild of America East. A number of his essays have appeared in the Arts and Leisure section of The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and on the NYT OP-ED page. Other plays include Cinders, Fortinbras Gets Drunk, Hunting Cockroaches, and Antigone in New York.