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February 6, 2023
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Polish-American actor Marek Probosz’s award-winning
‘Norwid’s Return’ gets 2-night limited engagement at Odyssey
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents a limited two-performance engagement of Norwid’s Return (Powrót Norwida), a dynamic collision of words and sounds between an actor and a pianist exploring the raw genius of Cyprian Kamil Norwid, one of Poland’s greatest writers of the 19th century. Starring Polish-American actor Marek Probosz, who also directs, the monodrama was the recipient of the “Best New York Premiere” award at New York’s 2022 United Solo Festival.
A keen thinker and fervent moralist, Norwid’s work only gained world recognition long after his death. Classical music of the great composers — Mozart, Chopin, Satie, Szymanowski – illuminate the Norwidean darkness and the complexity of his mind.
An actor, director, screenwriter, author and producer, Probosz’s film and television career includes roles in Polish, Czech, German, French, Italian and American productions and co-productions. He is best known for his daring portrayal of cinema legend Roman Polanski in the Warner Bros. film Helter Skelter, and for the award-winning television movie The Death of Captain Pilecki in which he starred as one of the greatest heroes of the 20th century, Polish army officer Witold Pilecki who volunteered for a secret undercover mission at Auschwitz in order to inform the Polish underground, smuggle out intelligence to the allies, and build a resistance organization among the prisoners. Locally, Probosz received accolades for the role of Odysseus in Philoktetes at the Getty Villa. His work has been honored numerous times, most recently with the 2023 Modjeska Prize, Los Angeles; the 2022 Pola Negri Politka Award, Lipno, Poland; and the 2018 Golden Owl (the Polish Diaspora “Oscar”), Vienna, Austria. Since 2005, Probosz has been teaching in the UCLA Department of Theater Film and Television.
Norwid’s Return Is performed in Polish with English supertitles.
• Written by Kazimierz Braun
• Based on the works of Cyprian Norwid
• Musical Arrangement by Anna Von Urbans
• Performed and Directed by Marek Probosz
• Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m.
• Sunday, March 5 at 3 p.m.
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90025
• $5 in the on-site parking lot
• Street parking available
• Performed in Polish with English supertitles
• Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission
(310) 477-2055 ext. 2 or www.OdysseyTheatre.com
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