February - March 2014
Written by David Ives
Directed by Bob Graczyk
A comedy about ethnic identity and the American search for “roots”. Jasiu (thirty-ish) is a Polish-American who has been taught not to value his own roots, so he decides to remake them, reinventing himself first as a sort of non-ethnic every man, then as an “Irishman”. His adventures—alternately zany and heartbreaking—take him through a job interview with a Wasp in an attempt to become a Catholic priest; to a flower shop where he can’t get served because he is weirdly invisible; to a wacky Irish travel agency where he has to prove he’s Irish to buy a ticket; through a love affair with a Jewish woman and so on. Meanwhile Jasiu is bedeviled by a reappearing Polish relative and the ghost of a Polish patriot. Eventually, while trying to avoid his ethnic background, he finds out who he is and what it means to be Polish. This is a funny but thoughtful examination of the Polishness and Jewishness and Irishness that makes us at once alike and different.
Show Dates 2014:
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