Republic of Dreams

directed by Stacy Klein

Double Edge Theatre, the acclaimed ensemble led by founder/ Artistic Director Stacy Klein, now celebrating its 25th Anniversary, makes its return to New York’s La MaMa Annex with a World Premiere performance inspired by Bruno Schulz. Double Edge Theatre is widely renowned for long-term collaborations, classic literature adaptations, and original theater performances. Throughout its history, this unparalleled organization has demonstrated the deeply felt tribute to past artists combined with new “explosive” possibilities drawn from an original training methodology and approach to long-term devised ensemble work. Republic of Dreams takes from the magic realism writings and imaginings of WWII-era Polish-Jewish artist Bruno Schulz (1892-1942), as well as adapts his lush, magical and sometimes erotic drawings to the stage. Using the theatre’s signature style of physicality, imagery, puppetry, live instrumental and choral music, Double Edge deeply explores Schulz’ powerful prose and life, as well as his banal death at the hands of a jealous Nazi, to create an unforgettable journey through the human experience in the modern world. On the choice to work on a lesser-know figure from WWII, Artistic Director Klein said, “his work was written at a time of great danger, at the advent of fascism as well as a spiritually corrupt time when materialism was especially dominant. And yet, Schulz’ work was a transformative literature…It was about the power of dreams. As he said himself in one of his essays, ‘No dreams, however absurd or senseless are wasted in this universe.’” Double Edge initiated the research on Republic of Dreams in 2005, including expeditions to Poland, and later on, a much lauded open rehearsal at CUNY Graduate Center in New York. Collaborators yielded an original score, unique production design, painted canvases, masks and puppets. Jacek Ostaszewski, who composed and arranged the original live and recorded score for Dreams, is a renowned Polish composer, and instrumentalist of such films as Blue, Red, and The Double Life of Veronique. His choral and instrumental pieces are performed live inside the action of the performance. Mira Zelechower-Aleksiun is a celebrated Polish-Jewish visual artist, whose own tale of survival from the Holocaust uniquely informs her rich design-manifestation of Schulz’ image driven world. Award-winning Mexican-Jewish author Ilan Stavans (Spanglish, The Disappearance), dramaturg and collaborator on Republic of Dreams holds Schulz as an artist of great import. “His death,” says Stavans, “might have turned him into yet another victim of totalitarianism, but it’s clear he didn’t see himself as a victim. He was a magician.

Performances: 

 3/8/2007 at 7:30pm
 3/9/2007 at 7:30pm
 3/10/2007 at 7:30pm
 3/11/2007 at 2:30pm
 3/11/2007 at 7:30pm
 3/15/2007 at 7:30pm
 3/16/2007 at 7:30pm
 3/17/2007 at 7:30pm
 3/18/2007 at 2:30pm
 3/18/2007 at 7:30pm

Theatre/Venue La MaMa Experimental Theatre 

74A East 4th St  New York

Phone Number for Reservations 212-475-7710 
Website for reservations www.lamama.org  
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Producing Organization: LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club  
Website www.lamama.org  
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