Black Birds of Bialystok (2012)

A Collaboration Between
Bialystok Puppet Theatre and Sandglass Theater

One of the most prestigious puppet theaters in Poland, the Bialystok Puppet Theater tackles a controversial theme in contemporary Polish culture: Poland’s history of anti-Semitism, leading to the eviction of 40,000 Jews in 1968. In this collaborative work written by Eric Bass, Polish and American performers bring to life the spirits of Poland’s ghettos, pogroms, and expulsions, and carry them into the present day. They ask the question: how do we create dialogue in the face of this history? A masterful puppet and set design, fluid choreography, and Miamon Miller’s original score carry us deep into a haunted past to find hope for a brighter future.

Made possible by funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Special thanks to Alexander Jochwed, Andrzej Krakowski, and Joel Dancyger for their time and energy in help me to understand the events of 1968 in Poland. –Eric Bass

Written by

Eric Bass

Translated into Polish by

Piotr Dolinski

Directed by

Eric Bass

Associate Directing by

Ines Zeller Bass

Puppet, Set, and Costumes Designed by

Eva Farkasova

Music by

Miamon Miller

Choreography by

Shoshana Bass

Performed by

Shoshana Bass, Michal Jarmoszuk, Eliza Krasicka, Zbigniew Litwinczuk, Izabela Maria Wilczewska

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