Polish Joke

By David Ives

Directed by Bo Johnson

Soulstice Theatre will hold a series of three performances of David Ives’ comedy, Polish Joke, in a dramatized Reader’s Theatre format, April 19-21 in the Keith Tamsett Studio Theatre. Directed by actor/director Bo Johnson, Polish Joke features a cast of five in multiple roles.

What does being Polish mean? Can one reinvent one’s roots? The talented Thom Dillon plays Jan (Jasiu) Sadlowski, who has one misadventure after another as he attempts to escape what he has confusingly been taught is a terrible fate: Being born Polish. Should he simply accept unpronounceable names, duck’s blood soup, factory work, and bad jokes?

With his characteristic zany wit and snappy dialogue, Ives’ comedy addresses a range of stereotypes, then ignites the dynamite of his humor to blow them apart, ultimately casting a loving light on pride in being Polish. After all, David Ives is Polish, and grew up in a Polish-speaking household, so he knows the delights of homemade kielbasa and pierogis!

As part of its April 19-21 fundraising production of Polish Joke, Soulstice will feature a ‘Polish Lottery’ with prizes – including Polish specialties donated by local merchants. Patrons may purchase tickets any night of the performance. The drawing will be Saturday night. Winners need not be present.

Produced by Soulstice Theatre at Keith Tamsett Studio Theatre at Soulstice Theatre, 3770 S. Pennsylvania Ave., St. Francis, WI 53235

Performances: April 19-21, 2012

Performance Times: Thurs-Sat. April 19, 20, 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Ticket Prices: $16 for students/seniors and $18 for Adults. Call or buy tickets online at www.soulsticetheatre.org

Call 414-481-2800 for reservations or more information.

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