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Playwriting workshop with Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk

What is important to me above all is the issue of independent thinking. I strive for a thought process that deviates from the beaten path, goes its own way, and whose meanderings are unpredictable. I’m interested in new, fresh and surprising perspectives on the issue addressed in the play. I seek to approach the characters in unformulaic ways, to arrive at a novel form for the play as a whole, one in which the stage is full of imaginative new ideas. Because I like writing and analysing real-life figures from history (hence dramas like The Death of the Squirrel Man/Ulrike Meinhof, Catherine de' Medici, Bruno Schulz: The Messiah, Lost Czechoslovakia/Marta Kubisova, The Mayor/Krzysztof Godlewski, Popiełuszko) in the workshops, I want to examine the stages in thinking using the “think opposite” method.  This will entail analysis and writing exercises based on examples of certain eminent persons (“heroes of our times,” so to speak) from the world of politics, business and art.

Małgorzata Sikorska-Miszczuk is a playwright and scriptwriter. She graduated from the Faculty of Journalism and Political Science as well as the Gender Studies Program of the University of Warsaw. She is also a graduate of the Scriptwriting Program of the Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź. She made her debut in 2004 with the play Psychotherapy for Dogs and Women at the Teatr Rozmaitości in Warsaw. Her works have been read and performed in numerous countries including Poland, Sweden, Germany, Austria and the USA – Loose Screws, The Death of the Squirrel Man, Catherine de Medici, The Mayor, The Suitcase, A Chocolate-Coated Man from Poland, Lost Czechoslovakia, Bruno Schulz: The Messiah, III Furies, Popiełuszko. Her plays have been translated into more than a dozen languages and staged by theatre directors such as Jan Klata, Marcin Liber or Michał Zadara. She has won numerous awards and distinctions, including the Grand Prix and the Audience Award in the 2008 Metaphors of Reality competition, the Grand Prix at the 2009 Dwa Teatry Festival in Sopot and the 2012 Prix Bohemia (Czech Republic). In 2012, she was awarded the prestigious Gdynia Drama Award for the play Popiełuszko.