‘PRINCESS IVONA’ with Omar Sangare & Jorge Puerta Armenta (2016)


    By Witold Gombrowicz, Translated by Krystyna Griffith-Jones and Catherine Robins, Directed by Omar Sangare

    In this dark humor play, two different societies drastically collide: traditional and unconventional. The theme of the play highlights the comparison between those devoted to empty platitudes, lack of creativity, and hatred, and those with mysterious and inspiring minds.

    The play introduces Prince Philip, the most eligible bachelor in Burgundia, who can attract any woman he desires. But when he declares his engagement to the commoner Ivona, his scandalized kingdom must confront the ugliness and cruelty within each soul. Why is the royal court so threatened by the mysterious future princess, who refuses to speak for herself? This grotesque comic fable by absurdist master Witold Gombrowicz explores what happens when genteel facades are shattered, fear and humiliation take over, and repressed human brutality gushes to the surface.


    Witold Gombrowicz, one of the most influential playwrights of the twentieth century, brings humor, truth of human nature, and universal pieces of wisdom. Which society are you in? Come and find out!


    Omar Sangare
    Pau Aran Gimeno & Jorge Puerta Armenta
    Ilya Khodosh


    Produced by:




    Set Design
    Joanna Kus
    Lighting Design
    Coby Chasman-Beck
    Sound Design
    Stephen Simalchik
    Costume Design
    Deb Brothers

    Produced under the auspices of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, in partnership with Polish Cultural Institute New York, and Williams College


    Prof. Allen Kuharski, Prof. Bojana Mladenovic, Bartek Remisko, Seth Rogers, the Lecture Committee at Williams College, and the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Performing Arts Endowment


    Ivona: Petra Mijanović

    King Ignatius: Michael Druker

    Queen Margaret: Carina Zox

    Prince Philip: Bailey Edwards

    Lord Chamberlain: David Carter

    Isobel: Mia Hull

    Simon: Jackson Zerkle

    Cyprian: Connor Lawhorn

    Innocent: Ben Rosenblum

    Checkers: Spencer Lee-Rey

    Guests: Veronica Kovalcik, Evelyn Mahon, Sofia Smith

    Assistant to the Director: Mia Hull

    Graphic Designer: Julia Kwinto

    Production Manager: Marcin Sangare

    Production Stage Manager at Theatre Row: Jacob Wexler

    Stage Manager at ’62 CTD: Joseph Baca

    1st ASM: Kimmy Golding

    2nd ASM: Venson Williams

    3rd ASM: Maryanne Masibo

    Light Board Operator: Russell Maclin

    Sound Board Operator: Abraham Kirby-Galen

    Costume Shop Supervisor: Barbara Bell

    Assistant Costume Shop Manager: Samantha Patterson

    Presented by arrangement with Rita Gombrowicz


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