Welcome to the opening of our 5th season with the US premiere of The Third Breast by one of Poland’s well-known playwrights, Ireneusz Iredyński. We are again coming back to Polish repertoire, having begun our international travels in June 2009 with the opening of Out at Sea by Sławomir Mrożek. During the past 4 years, we have produced 9 main stage productions in addition to various Bare Bones and Staged Readings, New Work Series, Literary Café programs, various play-reading workshops, summer theater production camps, art and drama Studio Classes and outreach educational programs which have introduced our audiences to the cultures of several countries across multiple continents. We have worked with over 100 actors, artists, authors, translators, directors and designers, in addition to over 500 students and interns from various DC Metro schools and colleges. We have even taken students abroad to perform at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw for the First Lady of Poland. Our productions have been seen by over 5,500 spectators in many venues around the area. We are fortunate to have developed valued friendships and partnerships with the diplomatic representatives from where our productions originate. Most recently, we received the MD Theatre Guide 2012 Award for Hopa Tropa Kukerica at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theatre, as well as the 2013 Helen Hayes Canadian Partnership Award. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our Board of Directors, artists, designers, partners, friends, and, most of all, our audience for helping us to fulfill our mission to continue facilitating international cultural dialogue. We have a thrilling season ahead of us as we celebrate our 5th year. Later this fall, we will be partnering with the Embassy of the Czech Republic as we present two of Vaclav Havel’s Vanek trilogy: Audience and Protest. This winter we will be organizing a celebration of Greek culture, including the production of Menander’s Dyskolos, for which we received the Alexandria Commission for the Arts grant. Later in the spring, we will present an Austrian play in partnership with the Embassy of Austria. And mark your calendars for October 10th as we celebrate our fifth season with an International Fiesta where we will present the 2013 Ambassador of International Theater Award to Mr. Boguslaw Jerke and Mrs. Barbara Papantoniou acknowledging their ongoing support and devotion to our mission. Finally, we are thrilled to announce that this year we will start offering season subscriptions – get yours today and make sure you don’t miss a single adventure with Ambassador Theater!
And now I would like to invite you all to join our commune. It is a very special community inspired
by the playwright’s words and created by a group of very talented actors and designers. We entreat you not only to bear witness, but to actively participate in this wonderful spiritual journey to discover: how can we achieve perfection? Is it even possible? Thank you so much for your continued support and we hope to see you soon as we venture forward throughout this exciting 5th season. Enjoy the show! Hanna Bondarewska