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Our Class

By Tadeusz Slobodzianek, English version by Ryan Craig
Directed by Nick Sandys


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April 2 - May 11, 2014

Greenhouse Theater Center, Downstairs Mainstage
Featuring David Darlow and Linda Gillum

In a time of terror, what would you do?

For decades, it was believed the annihilation of the Jewish population of Jedwabne, Poland, in 1941 was a Nazi atrocity. The truth turned out to be even more shocking. In Our Class, which won a top Polish literary prize, Slobodzianek looks at the build-up to the massacre, the events themselves, and the impact on the lives of survivors, through the eyes of ten classmates, half Jewish and half Catholic. Our Class is a searing, open-minded look at the heart-breaking acts of cruelty and courage we can inflict on each other in the struggle to retain humanity under repression.



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Four Stars “it is not to be missed”

– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune - Read more >


Highly Recommended
“genuine chutzpah...truly impressive”
- Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times - Read more >


Jeff Awards Recommended



Multimedia

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Playbill Our Class articleRead "When History Speaks: Tadeusz Slobodzianek's Our Class challenges a nation's memory"
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Events

A Talk with Playwright Tadeusz Słobodzianek

The audience is invited to stay after the April 17 performance for a question and answer session with the Polish playwright. Our Class is the first Polish Drama to be given the prestigious Nike Literary Prize. Don't miss this opportunity! Limited tickets available.


This special appearance is sponsored by the Hejna Chair in Polish Language and Literature at UIC, which is bringing Mr. Slobodzianek to Chicago from Poland.


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Between The Lines

Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 1:30 pm

Guest speaker TBD


Learn more about Between The Lines >


Sponsors

The 2013/2014 Season is generously underwritten by:
BRENDA AND JAMES GRUSECKI


Our Class is underwritten, in part, by:
KAREN RANDOLPH AND BILL LINDEN, Associate Production Sponsors
BRUCE AND MARY FEAY, Assistant Production Sponsors

DAVID AND SUSAN WEIDENFELD, Assistant Production Sponsors


Cast

David Darlow headshot
David Darlow

Linda Gillum headshot
Linda Gillum
Matthew Fahey headshot
Matthew Fahey
Dennis William Grimes headshot
Dennis William Grimes
Matthew Holzfeind
Matthew Holzfeind
Aram Monisoff headshot
Aram Monisoff
Brian Plocharczyk headshot
Brian Plocharczyk
Rachel Shapiro headshot
Rachel Shapiro
Rebecca Sohn headshot
Rebecca Sohn
Stephen Spencer headshot
Stephen Spencer

Creative/Production

Joe Klug Scenic Designer
Jeremy Floyd Costume Designer
Mike Durst Lighting Designer
Joe Cerqua Music, Music Direction, and Sound
Jesse Gaffney Properties Designer
John Boesche Projections Designer
Maureen Janson Choreographer and Movement Coach
Mara Filler Stage Manager
Skye Robinson Hillis Assistant Director and Dramaturg