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New York, NY, United States
Monday 28 March 2016

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Remembering Amelia Hertz: Decadent Histories: Four Plays

Monday 28 March 2016
book cover from Jadwiga Kosicka's Decadent Histories
Book cover from Jadwiga Kosicka’s Decadent Histories.

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center in New York City presented a reading and discussion about Polish-Jewish playwright Amelia Hertz (1878-1942) livestreamed on the global, commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 28 March at 3:30 p.m. PDT (San Francisco) / 5:30 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 6:30 p.m. EDT (New York) / 22:30 GMT / 23:30 BST (London).

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A celebration of the new Segal Theatre Center publication—Decadent Histories: Four Plays by the recently rediscovered extraordinary Polish-Jewish playwright Amelia Hertz (1878-1942). After earning a doctorate in chemistry in 1904, Hertz followed careers as both playwright and historian in fields traditionally dominated by men with in-depth studies of history, archeology, and ancient Middle Eastern languages. In her plays, which evoke perverse and macabre decadence and the ends of old worlds, she reworks legendary, historical, and fairy-tale materials and reinterprets well-known legends, such as Tristan and Isolde and Gilles de Rais. Hertz died in the notorious Pawiak Gestapo Prison in Warsaw in 1942, a victim of the Nazis.

Excerpts directed by Jane House. With Jadwiga Kosicka, editor and translator. Presented by the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center; The Center for the Study of Women and Society, GC CUNY; Jane House Productions; and the Polish Cultural Institute, New York (Agata Grenda, Director; Tomek Smolarski).


Jadwiga Kosicka was born and educated in Poland. She has translated numerous works from Polish which have appeared in many scholarly journals such as Theatre QuarterlyTheatre ThreeFormationsThe Polish Reviewyale/theatreNew York Review of BooksPerforming Arts JournalSEEP (formerly called Soviet and East European Performance), among others. She has also translated and edited To Steal a March on God by Hanna Krall and A Dream by Felicja Kruszewska published by Routledge Harwood’s Polish and East European Theatre Archive; and Jan Kott’s autobiography, Still Alive (Yale University Press); and Zygmunt Hübner’s Theater and Politics (Northwestern University Press), among others.

Jane HouseJane House, PhD, has performed off-off-Broadway, on Broadway, in regional theatre and national tours, in film, and on TV. Her translations from Italian have appeared in Twentieth-Century Italian Drama: An Anthology, 1900–50 (1995) and The Mellen Collection of Twentieth-Century Italian Drama 1950–2001 (2015). Many of them have been presented as staged readings at the Segal Theatre, most recently in an evening focused on prize-winning Italian playwrights of the last few years. She is delighted to be celebrating the publication of translations from Polish by Jadwiga Kosicka.

About HowlRound TV

HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based peer produced, open access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world's performing arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively. Participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email tv@howlround.com, or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal/WhatsApp. View the video archive of past events.

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