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OUR CLASS

TRANSLATE: Anat Zeidman
Director: Hanan Snir
Choreographer: Miri Lazar
Set Design: Roni Toren
Costume Design: Polina Adamov
Translation Lyrics: Daniel Efrat
Dramaturg: Varda Fish
Lighting Design: Meir Alon

Synopsis



OUR CLASS



OUR CLASS deals with the complicated ties between Poles and Jews during the Second World War. Ten children, one class, fragments of their life growing together in a small Polish village. Love and murder, memory and forgetfulness, rape and compassion are all mingled into a powerful dramatic world that is breathtaking and moving at the same time.



The play is local and universal, a story that actually took place in the village of Jedwabne in Eastern Poland, on the 10th of July, 1941, when the Polish Catholic neighbors broke into the homes of the Jews they grew up with since kindergarten, forced them into the local barn and set on fire 1600 Jews.



Following an investigation in 1949, in which only several men where put on trial for the brutal murder of the Jews, Jan Tomasz Gross, a world famous war historian, wrote his book NEIGHBORS based on the testimonies of eye witnesses. At the same time, the Polish Journalist Ana Bikont, went to Jedwabne, interviewed many of the local people who witnessed the brutalities and murder, and wrote a book WE FROM JEDWABNE. Agnieska Arnold, a well known Polish film director, made a film about the Jedwabne pogrom.



Based on these sources, the Polish playwright wrote his play.



As much as the play is based on a local pogrom, it carries a universal message to every society that does not accept “the other”, where children grow up in an environment of intolerance, racism, and prejudices.



OUR CLASS is the first Polish play that received the Nike prize, the most prestigious literary Prize in Poland. Tadeusz Slobodzianek finished writing the play in 2008 for the Festival on Contemporary Polish Drama which took place at The Habima National Theatre.



Following the festival, the play had successful runs at The Royal National Theatre, London, Katona Theatre, Budapest, New York, Poland, and all around the world.



Tadeusz Slobodzianek is the director of Na Woli Theatre and Dramatyczny Theatre in Warsaw, and head of the Laboratorium Dramatu, a laboratory for new playwriting in Warsaw.



Dr. Varda Fish, dramaturg



 



 



 




Critics
  • "Hanan Snir directed a powerful and moving production. In short, a well made theatre. Go and see it !" (Calcalist, 18.2.2014)
  • "A story of one class in a village in East Poland. . . A courageous look at what happened leaves the spectator breathtaking, shocked, and deeply moved, as he identifies with what goes on on stage. The ten wonderful actors and actresses – thanks to the most sensitive and unique style of the playwright and the director – manage to do the impossible: make the spectator love and understand everybody, those who lived this irrational life brought on them by history . . . At the end the audience applauded and, indeed, all the creators of this production deserved it." (Haaretz, 13.2.2014)  
  • "An important production with outstanding theatrical values. . . Evgenia Dodina and Netta Garti make us confront the Holocaust from a different angle.  5 stars." (Yediot Achronot, 13.2.2014)


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