Princess Ivona with Omar Sangare

Written by Witold Gombrowicz, translated by Krystyna Griffith-Jones and Catherine Robins and directed by Omar Sangare.

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

Witold Gombrowicz, one of the most influential playwrights of the twentieth century, brings humor, the truth of human nature, and universal pieces of wisdom.

Which society are you in? Come and find out! 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.

Princess Ivona with Omar Sangare

2016

Williamstown

65 minutes

CAST

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

DIRECTION

Omar Sangare

CHOREOGRAPHY

Pau Aran, Jorge Puerta Armenta

SET DESIGN

Joanna Kus

LIGHTING DESIGN

Coby Chasman-Beck

SOUND DESIGN

Stephen Simalchik

COSTUME DESIGN

Deb Brothers

ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR

Mia Hull

DRAMATURG

Ilya Khodosh

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Julia Kwinto

PRODUCTION MANAGER

Marcin Lipinski

PRODUCTION MANAGER AT THEATER 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

COLLABORATORS/SPECIAL THANKS

Presented by arrangement with Rita Gombrowicz

Special Thanks to: 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

SUPPORT

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

Pau Aran