It’s 1945 in Prague after the German defeat. A short period of liberation euphoria is followed by a turbulent time of revenge and retribution. Nazis and traitors are prosecuted, and public executions happen daily. Sharing one prison cell are five women accused of Nazi collaboration. None of them knows how long they will be there, or if any will live to see the outside world again. Each has to testify knowing the gallows are waiting. The play is a gut wrenching human story that raises profound questions regarding guilt, revenge, betrayal and survival.
Based on Pankrác ’45 by Czech playwright Martina Kinská, which will have its full production this Fall, Expats Theatre presents a docudrama which includes filmed monologues and scenes, interviews with the cast, and historical archival material.
The virtual performance airs Friday, March 26 at 8 pm and features Karin Rosnizeck as Adina, Lisa Hodsoll as Julča, Stacy Whittle as Lída, Sara Barker as Hana, and Aniko Olah as Nova. It is directed by Karin Rosnizeck and filmed by Lisa Hodsoll. The docudrama is presented as part of the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s On Air Streaming Series in Washington, DC.
D.C. Theatre Scene Profile
Rosnizeck: “In today’s global, post-national world, mobility and deterritorialization, the migration experience, the transnational existence, and living between cultures have become a social and cultural norm.”
Rosnizeck: “I want to point out that in today’s global, post-national world, mobility and deterritorialization, the migration experience, the transnational existence, and living between cultures have become a social and cultural norm.” (SURFACING)
Kojo Nnadmdi Interview (WAMU)
In her interview with Kojo Nnamdi, Karin discusses SURFACING and explains why D.C. needs more theatrical productions that improve understanding across cultures.
Listen to the Interview
Karin Rosnizeck, Expats Theatre Founder, is a DC-based theatre artist, having performed in numerous shows in and around D.C. With ExPats, she has directed Surfacing by Russian-Austrian playwright Julya Rabinowich and Einstein’s Wife by Serbian playwright Snezana Gnjinic. Karin has translated several German language plays into English and has developed a keen interest in bringing contemporary international plays to DC. Before coming to the US, she worked in transatlantic relations promoting cultural dialogue for more than a decade. She holds an M.A. in American/English and French Literature.
by Snezana Gnjidic | translation by Milena Trobozic Garfield
“brilliant creative team”
“startlingly well-played scenes”
by Julya Rabinowich | translation by Karin Rosnizeck
“a meditation on a condition”
“love and torture are inexplicably intertwined”
“timely for contemporary discussions of refugees”
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