10 11 Season
By Tadeusz Slobodzianek
English version by Ryan Craig
Directed by Joel Greenberg
In association with Canadian Stage
April 4–30, 2011
Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs
In 1925 Poland, a group of Jewish and Catholic schoolchildren declare their ambitions: to be a fireman, a film star, a doctor. As the children grow up their country is torn apart by invading armies, and internal grievances deepen as fervent nationalism develops. The tension escalates into violence as these ordinary people carry out an extraordinary and monstrous act.
Our Class explores the events leading up to a dark moment in history and follows the fortunes of ten one-time classmates from one century into the next. This haunting play is a courageous examination of loyalty and treason, individual bravery and collective cowardice and the actions that ripped apart a small community during the Second World War.
In October 2010, Our Class won the 2010 NIKE Award, Poland’s top literary prize – the first time the prestigious award has gone to a play. The premiere production ran in its English version from September 2009 to January 2010 at London’s National Theatre in the UK. The play had its Polish premiere at the ‘Na Woli’ Theatre in Warsaw, in October 2010.
Our Class was listed among the theatrical highlights of 2011 by the National Post, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and Theatromania.ca, and as one of the top 10 productions of the year (alongside The Normal Heart) by Lynn Slotkin of The Slotkin Letter/CIUT 89.5 FM.
North American Premiere
Dora Award Nomination: Outstanding Performance, Ensemble