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BOGUSLAW SCHAEFFER is a Polish composer, musicologist, and graphic artist. He has written 46 plays (translated into 17 languages) & is widely regarded as a pioneer of avant - garde theatre. Schaeffer’s Era, was staged as part of the 2010 Edinburgh Festival & described as “one of the best productions since the festival was launched”.

MAGDA ROMANSKA is an award - winning writer, translator and leading scholar of Polish Theatre. She is a professor of theatre and dramaturgy at Emerson College in Boston, and a research associate at Harvard University’s Davis Center.

Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology
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Boguslaw Schaeffer: An Anthology

Boguslaw Schaeffer (translated by Magda Romanska)

This anthology of plays by Boguslaw Schaeffer, a Polish playwright, composer, musicologist and graphic designer, includes his most frequently performed works: The Monologue for One Actor (1976 ), Quartet for Four Actors (1979), and Scenario for Three Actors (1987).

The plays are examples of Instrumental Theatre. They are carefully structured and employ cyclical repetitions, and codes.  Schaeffer’s most famous instrumental play, The Quartet for Four Actor, has been so successful that it has been staged by practically every Polish theatre. Monologue for One Actor, opened in 1976 & has since been staged over 1,500 times around the world. During its 40 - year run, it has won many awards, including the 1995 Grand Prix at New York’s Theatre Festival. Winner of many prestigious international awards Scenario for Three Actors, has also been a permanent fixture in many Polish theatres since its premiere.

A universal artist, unafraid to explore a range of fields, forms, and subject matter, Schaeffer creates theatre that is guided by the rules of musical composition, and it defies previous, established conventions and techniques, surprising its audiences with innovative and invigorating form and style. 

Cast : 1M; 4M; 3M
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-464-5 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB