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Called up to Life – Cast and Crew


New Work Series

Called Up To Life - get your tickets now

Called Up To Life is a new musical blending the sounds of klezmer and Yiddish theatre with Hasidic storytelling. The musical begins as a group of Italian Jews, preparing for the Sabbath, are interrupted by a mysterious caller. This caller claims to have been the assistant to the legendary Baal Shem Tov.  When asked to relate his experiences, the caller loses all memory. The Italians tell the rollicking stories they know, outlining the life of the Baal Shem Tov. Still, the caller remains mute. Finally, the caller remembers a story that has immediate implications for the group and resolves all outstanding issues.

Literary Cafe – Cast and Crew – Milosz 2011


“Love explained all” An evening of Poetry and Music

The Kosciuszko Foundation and Ambassador Theater


The Literary Cafe

WHEN: SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011 at 7PM
WHAT: An Evening of  Music and Poetry with a glass of wine
WHERE: The Kosciuszko Foundation
2025 O St. NW  Washington, DC 20036 – DIRECTIONS
ADMISSION: $25 (Pay at the door) Reserve your
tickets now (using eventbrite)
Space is limited
MORE INFO: or  (202)785-2320

Love explained all

Milosc mi wszystko wyjasnila…

The Poetry of Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), Galczynski, Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska, Poswiatowska, Mickiewicz and others

Adam Adkins
Hanna Bondarewska
Danielle Davy
Stephen Shetler
Lilia Slavova

Katarzyna Drucker
Barbara Papendorp

Voice and Guitar:
Lukasz Pinkowski

Tomasz Smok

With Guest Pianist Ivo Kaltchev
Ivo Kaltchev is a winner of international piano competitions, a Bösendorfer Artist, Associate Professor of Piano, and Chair of the Piano Division at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Mr. Kaltchev is also a Visiting Professor at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing and Co-Director of the Washington International Piano Festival.


A Woman’s Sigh-International Women’s Day 2011

The KoÅ›ciuszko Foundation & the Ambassador Theater Celebrated International Women’s Day with an evening of poetry and music “A Woman’s Sigh” on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 with a Special Guest Holly Karapetkova reading from her newly published Book of Poetry Words We Might One Day Say
Featuring: Adam Adkins, Hanna Bondarewska, Wiesław Małachowski, Laura Scott, Lilia Slavova, Stephen Shetler, Mary Suib
Piano: Vlad Nemirovsky and Mila Naumova
Voice: Monika Graczyk Crandall, Agnieszka Christian (Gnoińska), and Barbara Papendorp
Voice and Guitar: Lukasz Pinkowski

International Artists Theater Series- You and I, Love

Ambassador Theater


Stefan Spasov and Boyka Velkova


You and I, Love

Directed by Ivaylo Hristov

WHEN: Sunday, March 15, 2012

TIME: 3:00 PM

WHERE: Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint, 916 G Street, NW, Washington DC 20001

TICKETS: $25 General, $20 Students and Seniors

Starring two of Bulgaria's finest actors, this romantic comedy of surprises and second chances teaches two valuable lessons: that we must all learn to love with passion, and champagne makes you very, very tipsy! But when love comes unexpectedly, as it always does, will it overcome all obstacles? Performed in Bulgarian.

Co-Sponsored by the Bulgarian Community Center.


Reviews of “Under the Shadow of Wings”

“… a truly unique night of theater…” – Ben Demers (

With Under the Shadow of Wings, Ambassador Theater has staged a double bill of dramatic visions so vivid and absorbing they feel almost like lucid dreams. …. a truly unique night of theater … Bondarewska’s gutsy performance and the arresting sights and sounds accompanying the action carry the day.

I, for one, had to collect my bearings after experiencing the dizzying blend of traditional morality play, esoteric performance art, and delirious monologue.

In a landscape of familiar dramatic tropes, it’s refreshing to be occasionally thrown for a loop.

“Exciting…perfect performances… This is a highly recommended evening of theater” – Bob Anthony (

Ambassador Theater continues its mandate to present foreign plays and with “Under the Shadow of Wings” there is almost no obvious weakness in the playing and technicals. “Karna and Kunti” by Indian poet/playwright,Rabindranath Tagore, is strongly symbolic with godlike references as it is taken from the Indian epic, “The Mahabarata”, which in this playlet tells of a rejecting mother trying to come to terms with her son who is facing death at the hands of his brother. Gavin Whitt with his cat-like movements and Meera Narasimhan with her wonderful hand gestures give intriguing performances in staccato fashion expected of Indian portrayals. “Death of Tintagiles” tells the tale of two sisters who attempt to defeat the fates who are classically determined to capture their young brother…amazingly performed by young, relaxed Michael Ryjik. Hanna Bondawerska dominates the playing with superb Grecian-like style as she rants and raves particularly during the tragic ending. Others in this playlet are Paula Rich, Rob Weinzimer and the three servants (of fate), Mary Suib, Gavin Whitt and Meera Narasimhan. The technicals are most exciting and top rate in the hands of David Crandall (music, sound and visual design), Marianne Meadows (lights), Andrzej Pinkowski (set) and Caridel Cruz (costumes). Fine credit is given to David Willinger and Daniel Gerould who translated these stories by Tagore and Maeterlinck and especially to Mr. Willinger who managed to get perfect performances from his cast. This is a highly recommended evening of theater from the “new kid around the theatrical block”. (Reviewed by Bob Anthony)

“With interesting visual and sound effects, and sincere acting, Under the Shadow of Wings is an opportunity to experience an early symbolist play and a portion of the Sanskrit epic The Mahabarata.” – Laura & Mike Clark  (

About Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore was and remains one of India’s most distinguished cultural figures.

Born in 1861, he spent most of the first 51 years of his life in Calcutta, where he wrote poetry, fiction, and stage plays, and occasionally acted. In 1912, while on a trip to England, he showed some poems from his most recent collection, the Gitanjali, to his friend William Rothstein, who enthusiastically passed them on to W.B. Yeats. Within a year Tagore was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He would go on to accept and renounce a knighthood, write the national anthems of India and Bangladesh, and meet such figures as Albert Einstein, Robert Frost, and H.G. Wells.

When he died in 1941 he left behind an enormous body of work encompassing poetry, fiction, painting, drama, politics, music, and philosophy—products of his belief in a tolerant society with a healthy grounding in scientific principles joined with an appreciation of life’s mysteries.

East and West: Two Plays of Mystery

In Partnership with the Embassies of India and Belgium, Ambassador Theater Presents

Under the Shadow of Wings

We are celebrating the Belgian and Indian cultures,
the 150th Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore’s birth and the 100th Anniversary of Maurice Maeterlinck’s Nobel Prize for Literature.

Karna and Kunti by Rabindranath Tagore is an episode of the Mahabharata, the Sanskrit epic that forms the basis of Hindu belief in which Karna, commander of the Kaurav army, comes to wage war against the rival Pandava clan. Kunti is the Pandava matriarch, and, secretly, Karna’s mother. She attempts to bring him back into her care to avert his army from defeating her sons, but finds that the fate of the battle has been determined long before. Death of Tintagiles, a forgotten classic of Symbolist Drama, is about a young boy, Tintagiles, whose family has been almost entirely obliterated by an all-powerful Queen. Under mysterious circumstances, he returns to his sisters Ygraine and Bellangère, who try to protect him from the Queen and her devious servants, to no avail.

“… You never know exactly what the soul imagines it can see.” M. Maeterlinck

Previews start: January 25, 2011 SHOWS: January 27 – February 12, 2011

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8:00PM, Sat. matinees at 3:00PM, Sundays at 3:00PM and 7:30PM


Karna and Kunti by Rabindranath Tagore


Death of Tintagiles by Maurice Maeterlinck

Translated by Daniel Gerould and David Willinger

  Flashpoint, Mead Theatre Lab 

916 G St, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Steps away from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop

or a couple of blocks from Metro Center.