Ambassador Theater Presents
US Premiere of
The Third Breast
By Ireneusz Iredynski
Directed by Hanna Bondarewska
Assistant to the Director Matthew Ingraham
Set Design by Antonio Petrov
Music by Paul Oehlers
Sound by Paul Oehlers and George Gordon
Video/Visual Effects by George Gordon
Costumes by Sigrid Johannesdottir
Lights by Joseph R. Walls
Stage Manager Rachel Silvert
Preview: July 10, 2013 at 8pm
Opening July 11, 2013 at 8pm
July 10 – August 4, 2013
Shows: Thursdays – Saturdays at 8 pm
Sundays at 2 pm
Mead Theatre Lab at FLASHPOINT
916 G Street, NW
Washington DC 20001
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CAST and Crew:
Founder, CEO, and Artistic Director
Hanna Bondarewska is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Ambassador Theater and was recently seen in Death of Tintagiles as Ygraine and in Summer at Nohant as George Sand. “For Hanna Bondarewska, the path to world peace not only exists, she is walking it — one artistic endeavor at a time.” – The Washington Diplomat.
Hanna Bondarewska is a native of Warsaw, Poland and was trained in the Polish and American schools of drama. She founded the Ambassador Theater because she believes in the power of theater to change the world for the better through collaboration and artistry. By bringing together theater and diplomacy she hopes to give us all a new perspective as global citizens, which will lead to deeper cultural understanding.
In June2008, Hanna organized a life-changing trip to Poland for students from D.C. Public Schools as part of an educational program about Poland. The program was done in collaboration with Mrs. Hanna Reiter, wife of the former Ambassador of Poland to USA, the Embassy of Poland, Embassy Adoption Program, D.C. Public Schools and WPAS. She worked with over 60 students, teaching them about Poland, its history, culture, and traditions through theater designed to help them better retain learnt material, improve their reading comprehension, posture, and speaking skills, increase their imagination, and energize their drive for life.
The program developed into a performance, "Poland the Beautiful, an Imaginary ." Students performed the piece at their schools and at the Embassy of Poland, and then took it on the road for the First Lady of Poland, Mrs. Maria Kaczynska, at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw and in many other places around Poland last June.
Hanna’s recent acting credits include the role of George Sand in "Summer at Nohant", Young Helena Modjeska in ""Farewell to Arden" at ATICC, and in "Helena—the Emigrant Queen"; "Sunflowers" at the Polish Theater Institute in New York; Square Minus One; A Genie Named Khatab; Snow Queen; Anouilh’s Antigone; Gogol’s The Marriage; and Goldoni’s Mirandolina and many others.
Ms. Bondarewska has recently directed "Death of Tintagiles", "Miracle of Saint Anthony", "Summer at Nohant", "Farewell to Arden", "Forefathers", and "Out at Sea".
Her one-woman show, Lotte Lenya, won recognition at the Kennedy Center Performing Arts Festival. Hanna performed at the Washington Shakespeare Theatre, Spectrum Theatre, Classika-Synetic Theatre, The New York Polish Theater, Hippodrome State Theatre, and Acrosstown Theater in Florida, where she also directed "The Tao of Pooh", based on the book by B. Hoffman, and S. Mrożek’s "Tango". Her Polish theater credits are extensive and include work in Warsaw, Bialystok, Olsztyn, Torun, Katowice, and Wroclaw with many luminaries of the Polish stage.
Hanna has also taught special outreach programs with Classika-Synetic Theatre at Arlington schools with Lilia Slavova and drama classes at Classika. She graduated magna cum laude from the Mount Vernon College of The George Washington University and earned her Acting Diploma in Poland. For over 15 years she served as Executive Director of the Institute for Education and Membership Chairman of the ABC XXI Child Awareness Program for Poland, which supports the emotional health and rights of children and adolescents through reading programs, awareness, education, and action. Ms. Bondarewska has received various honors, including the St. Cyril and Methodius Award of excellence in promoting the Bulgarian Culture, Julia Heflin Performing Arts Award, recognition by Who's Who Among Students in American Universities, identification as a National Dean's List Scholar, and others.
Antonio Petrov (Set Designer) is a contemporary artist who was born in Bulgaria in 1969. He began painting, drawing and sculpting at a very early age. He graduated from The National High School of Fine Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria and got his MA degree from the Bulgarian Academy of Fine Arts in 1997.
Antonio has worked as a sculptor for the Bulgarian National Television and Bulgarian Film Studios, as well as for the American movie company Nu Image Bulgaria Ltd.
Since 2005 Antonio has been living and working in Springfield, VA, focusing primarily on painting and interior decoration. He’s been a member of Lorton Workhouse Artists Association since 2010.
For contacts: www.ArtAntonioPetrov.artistwebsites.com
Paul A. Oehlers
Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his “extraordinarily evocative” film scores. (Variety) Films incorporating his music have screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, the Indiefest Film Festival of Chicago, and the Hamptons International Film Festival, where the film Paul scored, Most High, captured the Golden Starfish, the largest independent film award in the United States. The film has gone on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Atlanta International Film Festival and the Prism Award for Outstanding DVD of the Year.
Paul A. Oehlers’ film music has been broadcast on PBS, Al Jazeera, NBC, ESPN, QVC, and dozens of local television stations throughout the country.
Paul was named the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow by the MacDowell Colony for the year 2006. He is currently Program Coordinator and Associate Professor of Audio Technology at American University in Washington, DC.
Sissel Bakken (Vankova) was recently seen in Ambassador Theater’s production of The Third Breast as Eva. She has also been seen on the DC stage in plays such as A Clockwork Orange, Mein Kampf, The Importance of Being Ernest, War of the Worlds and Sink the Belgrano. She has starred in the award-wining movie Bright Lights and Promises and the Musical Play Battle hymn of a freedman. Some of Ms. Bakken’s credits on the opera stage are The Hostess in Zytowski/Rossini’s Pinocchio; 3rd. Lady in Mozart's The Magic Flute; Prince Orlofsky in Strauss's Die Fledermaus; Zita in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi; The Mistress of the Novices in Puccini's Suor Angelica. Ms. Bakken performs regularly in solo recitals and collaborative concerts in the U.S. and abroad. She also runs a well-established voice and piano studio in Arlington, VA. www.sisselbakken.com
Matthew Ingraham (George) is fresh out of the musical theatre program at American University. His past roles at the University include Mr. Antrobus in The Skin of Our Teeth, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, The Specialist in The Who's Tommy and Dawg Hamma in Orpheus Descending. Matthew has also received the Irene Ryan Scholarship nomination for his role as Nazi/Rabbi in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This past February he had the opportunity to perform at Ford's Theatre as a part of their Evening of Thornton Wilder One Acts where he played Charles in The Long Christmas Dinner. http://www.matthewingraham.com/
Christopher Henley is a founding ensemble member with WSC Avant Bard (formerly Washington Shakespeare Company, founded 1990) and was artistic director from 1996 until early 2013. For WSC, he directed several plays by Shakespeare (Hamlet, Lear, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, and Richard III) as well as The Grapes of Wrath by Frank Galati (from John Steinbeck), Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, 5th of July by Lanford Wilson, Miss Julie by August Strindberg, Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, Macbett by Eugene Ionesco, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore by Tennessee Williams, Hapgood by Tom Stoppard, Caligula by Albert Camus, Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, Camille: a tearjerker by Charles Ludlam, Lulu by Frank Wedekind, and, for the Capital Fringe Festival, Hotel Fuck by avant garde visionary Richard Foreman (also playing Tony Turbo in that production). Other directing credits include SCENA Theatre (The Firebugs by Max Frisch), Spheres Theatre Company (Gimme Shelter by Barrie Keefe and Auto-da-Fe by Tennessee Williams), and Source Theatre Company (at which his production of The Zoo Story by Edward Albee ran successfully and received three revivals during the 1980s). In Source's first Washington Theatre Festival in 1981, he directed Good Money, the debut play by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Will Rokos (Monster's Ball). In The Washington Post, chief theatre critic Lloyd Rose grouped him with Michael Kahn, Douglas C. Wager, and Joe Banno as directors that have made DC a wonderful town for Shakespearean production (June 9, 1995). He has accepted an unprecidented three Theatre Lobby Mary Goldwater awards: on behalf of WSC for his production of Uncle Vanya in 1993; again in 1997 on behalf of WSC for his first two shows as artistic director (including Travesties, in which he played James Joyce); and in 2003 as an actor for playing Julian in WSC’s Tiny Alice. He also was Master of Ceremonies for a fourth Goldwater awards ceremony. Two WSC performances brought him Helen Hayes nominations: Horst in Bent and Eddy in Entertaining Mr. Sloane. In addition, he has presented twice at the Hayes awards. For Helen Hayes (and its successor organization theatreWashington), he has served on a panel selecting Helen Hayes judges; twice served on the panel which choses DC artistic directors to participate in the Canadian-Washington Theatre Partnership; and was himself chosen earlier to participate in that program, through which he visited Canada, saw theatre there, and met with theatre professionals. For the past three years, he has served on the panel selecting artists to participate in the Source Festival. As an actor, at WSC, he has played numerous Shakespearean parts including Richard II, Falstaff, Henry IV, Lysander, Jacques, Horatio, Caska, Don John, Don Pedro, MacDuff, Son of MacDuff, Duncan, Donalbain, and two Antonios (The Tempest and The Two Gentleman of Verona). Other favorite roles at WSC include Spooner in No Man's Land, Joxer in Juno and the Paycock, the title role in Edward II, Quentin in Small Craft Warnings, The Pope in Red Noses, Franz Kafka in Kafka's Dick, Dysart in Equus, Martha in The Children’s Hour, Creon/Messenger in Medea, Didi in Waiting for Godot, LeFranc in Deathwatch, Sir Archibald Jumper in Jumpers, Shannon in The Night of the Iguana, Solange in The Maids, McCann in The Birthday Party, Wesley in Curse of the Starving Class, Polidori in Bloody Poetry, Marat in Marat/Sade, Cradeau in No Exit, Felix in The Normal Heart, Moon in The Real Inspector Hound, young Dr. Frankenstein in Playing with Fire, and He in Every Young Woman's Desire. He acted in the first Source Theatre Company production on 14th Street in 1980 (as Michael Williams in Bart Whiteman's production of Henry V) and played Michael Dara opposite Nancy Robinette in Whiteman's 10th anniversary production of In the Shadow of the Glen, the play with which Bart had begun Source in 1977. Also a founding company member with SCENA Theatre, he was in the inaugural SCENA production in 1987 (as Poet/Mr. Pigg/Wall Boy in Help Wanted) and he has appeared there frequently, including as the sole character in Wallace Shawn’s The Fever (which he played in DC in 2004, Berlin in 2003, and Maribor, Slovenia in 2002), Prince Philip in Ivona, Princess of Burgundia (in DC and at a festival in Lublin, Poland), Roderick in The Fall of the House of Usher (in DC, Berlin, and Vienna), Orestes in both Orestes (DC and Thessaloniki, Greece) and Iphigeneia in Tauris (DC), Eddy in Greek, Joseph K in The Trial, Clov in the 1999 Endgame, Nicolas in One for the Road, in two plays by Vaclav Havel (as Vanek in Audience and as Xiboy in Mistake), as Mark in Shopping and Fucking, as Master Jack in Tropical Madness,
and others. In NYC in the early '80s, he reprised two DC roles (Kid in Gimme Shelter and Karl in Michi's Blood), but the highlight of his short career there was playing the title role in The Ruffian on the Stair and receiving a rave review for it in The Village Voice. Other DC performances include Don John at Folger Theatre, Lenny in The Homecoming at Spheres Theatre, and Valmont in the hit, all-male Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Actors' Theatre of Washington; world premieres of Kathleen Akerley's adaptation of Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle and her original play Something Past in Front of the Light at Longacre Lea; and DC premieres including Killer Joe (as Joe Cooper) for Cherry Red Productions, Orphans (as Philip) for Moving Target, and True West (as Austin) at Source. He studied theatre at The College of Wooster (in Wooster, Ohio), where he directed Brecht's Mother Courage and Her Children and Strindberg's Creditors.
A Chicago native, Rachel Silvert (stage manager) received her degree in Musical Theater from American University in 2012. Since then, she has been acting and working in the DMV area, and studying with the Studio Theater Acting Conservatory. Previous productions include: DC/MD area: Steel Magnolias (Annelle Dupuy), Making Love Legal (Miriam), The Music Man (Maude Dunlop); American University: Talking With...(soloist, dance captain), The Three Sisters (Anfisa). Silvert is thrilled to join Ambassador Theater, and to work once again with Hanna Bondarewska, on this production.
Sigríður Jóhannesdóttir (Costume Designer)
Sigríður or Sigrid as she is called here in the United States is a native of Iceland.
She came to the United States 1988 to pursue her Masters of Fine Arts degree in Theater Design after having taught Icelandic and History at Fjölbrautaskóli Suðurnesja, (college) in Keflavik, Iceland for several years.
After her graduation she started her own decorative arts company; Scene Studios, Inc., www.scenestudios.com as well as Dedua, www.dedua.com, a business focusing on fashion accessories. She still runs both companies in Alexandria, Virginia.
Through the years she has designed various theatrical productions in Washington D.C. as well as worked for the Washington Opera and The Washington Stage Guild. She has taught theatrical design at American University in Washington D.C. and in Morgantown, West Virginia. Presently she is a costume design professor at George Washington University.
Joseph R. Walls
Joseph R. Walls (Lighting Designer) Recent designs include Aida for the National Theatre of Panama, Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue NYMF production, Teatro En Circulo in Panama City, Panama, WSC Avant Bard, South Carolina Governors' School, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Footworks Percussive Dance Company, The High Performance Rodeo at Lunchbox Theatre in Calgary, Canada, The InSeries Impossible Theater Company, Ballet Spartanburg, Public Displays of Motion, American University, and Factory 449 where he is a company member. He designed Blanche: The Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame (NYMF), which was voted one of the top 15 shows of 2011 by The Huffington Post. He received his BFA with a specialization in Lighting Design from the University of Michigan. www.jwallsdesign.com.
Sylvia Daneel was born in Warsaw Poland. She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. Later she received a scholarship to Ohio University in Athens, Ohio obtaining a BA in two years and then at Iowa State University where she received a Master of Fine Arts degree. Ms. Daneel became an American citizen by a special act of Congress. She first appeared on Broadway in ‘The Girl on Via Flaminia“, directed by Jose Quintero. Ms Daneel received the Daniel Blum Award as one of the most promising personalities on Broadway for her part in “The Tunnel of Love” with Tom Ewell, having been selected from over 200 actresses. She directed and starred in “The Fourposter” at the Charles Street Playhouse in Boston. Another hit play followed on Broadway “Romanoff and Juliet” with Peter Ustinov. She then had a starring role on Broadway in a new play by Pearl S. Buck “A Desert Incident.” She toured from coast to coast with Claudette Colbert in “A Community of Two” by Jerome Chodorov, including a two week engagement at the National Theater in Washington DC.
Ms. Daneel has appeared in numerous TV shows and films. While living in Rome, Italy she appeared in Italian films and TV. She became the Theatre Guild Representative in Italy and led many Theatre Guild tours to festivals of theater and art in Europe.
Ms. Daneel worked as a speaker, translator and editor in the Polish Service of the Voice of America in Washington, DC. In 1966 she produced at Georgetown University’s Gaston Hall a program ”Polish Flowers” that combined the music of Frederick Chopin with poetry of Julian Tuwim. In May 1998 she produced at the George Washington University Marvin Theatre a concert ”With a Song Around the World” with the famous Polish singer and international recording star Irena Jarocka and pianist-composer Vanddi.
In 1999 she produced and directed a Polish play by Marian Hemar “Square of Minus One” at the Spectrum Theatre in Rosslyn, Arlington. She created the New Polish Theatre and in 2000 produced and directed the world premier of Slawomir Mrozek’s play “A Beautiful View” also presented at the Rosslyn Spectrum . In 2001 co-produced and co-chaired a fund- raising concert ”Franz Liszt: A Celebration” at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium with Polish virtuoso pianist Jerzy Stryjniak and world famous biographer of Liszt professor Allan Walker. She has translated a number of plays and books from Polish into English. Her last translation of a play by Ireneusz Iredynski “The Third Breast” was produced and directed by Hanna Bondarewska at her Ambassador Theater in Washington, DC.
George Gordon (Sound & Video/Visual) is an audio professional hailing from Red Bank, NJ. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Audio Production with a focus on Music Production from American University. He specializes in live sound engineering and sound design for Theater, as well as audio/video recording and editing.
Sissel Bakken as Eva
Christopher Henley as Thomas
Matthew Ingraham as George
Is there a place on earth where our problems can disappear? A place where money is of no value? A place where we can truly be ourselves? These questions are asked by the characters of "The Third Breast", who attempt to escape from everyday life in search of true identity. The play explores such themes as addiction to power; fear of the Other; the search for an absolute; love and erotic fascination; the consequences of blind faith. Join the Commune on its spiritual journey to achieve perfection. Is it even possible?