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Cezary Goes to War

theater, Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival 29 September, 2018 - 7:30 PM

[Bohemian National Hall]


The play deconstructs military ethos and pride to make the audience aware of their toxic dimensions and oppressiveness. It draws on the author’s personal experience of having to appear before an army conscription committee. This memory serves as the vehicle for a funny, witty and spot-on critique of nationalistic war discourses, which resonates with particular force in modern-day Poland. Using elements of Moniuszko’s and Szostakiewicz’s musical compositions and Nijinsky’s ballet Afternoon of a Faun, the director engages the audience in a series of subversive identity games that not only undermine gender norms but also turn the military ethos on its head.


Cezary Goes to War (Cezary idzie na wojne) is presented by Komuna Warszawa, Warsaw, Poland, and Polish Cultural Institute in New York. Conceived and directed by Cezary Tomaszewski. Script by Justyna Wasik, music by Claude Debussy, Georg Friedrich Handel, Stanislaw Moniuszko, Dimitr Szostakowicz. Cast: Michal Dembinski, Weronika Krowka, Oskar Malinowski, Bartosz Ostrowski, Lukasz Stawarczyk.


This performance is part of the 2018 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival, the second edition of a unique festival presenting in New York City the best in Central European theater.


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Komuna// Warszawa explores key issues of the contemporary world, ceaselessly seeking new forms and means of expression. The company has taken part in some of the most prestigious festivals in Poland and worldwide, performing at such venues as La MaMa in New York City, HAU in Berlin or le Centquatre-Paris.



Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Street, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10021


Free and open to the public. Seats are limited, on first-come, first-served basis. RSVP is required. Please reserve your seat online at eventbrite.com.


Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival is organized by Vaclav Havel Library Foundation and BBLA, in partnership with Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak performing arts institutions and cultural institutes to highlight Havel’s legacy as a playwright through live performances, panel discussions, exhibitions and an award ceremony. It seeks to establish exchanges between U.S. and Central European theater professionals. The festival reflects not only Havel’s contribution to 20th century theater but also his belief in the potential of Central European cultural traditions to enrich human existence in the modern age. Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The performance Cezary Goes to War is supported by Theatre Institute in Warsaw, Culture.pl and Polish Cultural Institute New York.  

Bohemian Benevolent & Literary AssociationHospodaThe National Czech and Slovak MuseumAmerican Friends of the Czech RepublicCzech CenterConsulate General