The Polish Cultural Institute/Swarthmore College present:

A Special Event in association with the Annual Conference of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic & East European Languages

Juliusz Słowacki’s Balladina

A staged reading of Bill Johnston’s new translation into English

Free and open to the public

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009, 7:00pm –9:30pm
The Broad Street Ministry, 315 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia
(between Spruce & Delancey Sts)

Directed by Sarah Sanford, featuring members of Philadelphia’s very own Pig Iron Theatre Company

This nineteenth-century Romantic drama is set in early medieval Poland, at the time of the legendary Popiel princes who ruled with unmitigated cruelty. What begins as a fantastic and comic love story between a chivalric knight and two poor sisters--Balladina and Alina--turns into a gruesome and haunted tale of a tyrant (Balladina the “woman-king”) who desperately abuses her power. While supernatural forces hover in the background, it is the greed and ambition of humans that drives the plot.

The play will be introduced by the translator, Bill Johnston, and followed by a short reception and Q&A with Prof. Johnston, the director & the actors involved in the reading.