Studium Teatralne

San Francisco International Arts Festival Presents:

Studium Teatralne (Poland)
The King of Hearts is Off Again
A True Story of Survival in the Warsaw Ghetto

August 9, 2013 for immediate release
contact: Andrew Wood 415-399-9554 (o) 415-305-1102 (c)

Calendar Editors Please Note
Studium Teatralne
The King of Hearts is Off Again

Location: NOHspace, 2840 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, and
University Theatre, CSU East Bay, 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd Hayward
Wednesday – Friday October 2-4, 2013 8:00pm (SF)
Saturday October 5, 8:00pm (East Bay)
general admission $20 advance, $25 door, $18 FT students/seniors
Box Office & Information: or 415-399-9554
Box Office: or 800-838-3006
Link to box office page here:

Information: 415-399-9554

August 9, 2013, San Francisco: The San Francisco International Arts Festival presents the Bay Area
debut of Studium Teatralne from Warsaw with the stage adaptation of Hannah Krall’s prize winning novel
Chasing the King of Hearts (recently published in English by Peirene Press of London).

King of Hearts is based on the true story of the life of Izolda Regenberg a young Jewish woman trapped in
the Warsaw ghetto with her husband and their families during the Second World War (the historical Izolda
Regenberg was very close to Krall to whom she told her life story. Izolda died in Israel in 2009).

King of Hearts tells how Izolda escapes from the ghetto and lives disguised as an Aryan Polish woman
named Maria Pawlicka. Her all consuming obsession is to save her husband and is the impetus for the
play. She returns to the ghetto to try and free her parents and her husband. But he is deported to the
death camps. The action follows Izolda’s efforts to free him by any means. The title “The King of Hearts is
off Again” is a tarot-card-like prediction of the journey of the husband and the wife that follows him.

Studium Teatralne is an ensemble theatre in the tradition of Jerzy Grotowski. The play is directed by the
company’s artistic director Piotr Borowski—himself a longtime student of Grotowski and the four actors
employ Grotowski method acting techniques to collectively play 22 different characters on a stage with a
minimalist set..