Janusz Glowacki, the author of this bittersweet dark comedy, is a Polish émigré living in New York who took his own first years of hard luck on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and wrote a play about them.
It is with sadness that we heard of the sudden passing of John Demeter. John brought life to the Second Gravedigger in last year's Hamlet and was due to play in the band for our upcoming production of Hair.
Are you excited about next month's production of Hunting Cockroaches yet? Because you should be! We've got a fantastic cast who are working in the space in some unconventional ways; we've got a very funny script in an absurdist vein; and we've got more tiny statues of Liberty than have ever before been seen in our theatre. What's not to love?
The main characters in Hunting Cockroaches are immigrants from late Communist Poland to early Reaganite New York City. Their sense of displacement -- the gulf between the life they know and the one they're living -- fuels both the humour and the pathos of the play.
We're asking the members of our community to share their own stories of displacement. What's the further from "home" (however construed) that you've ever lived? How did you prepare yourself, and what did you find that you weren't prepared for? How did your expectations lead you astray?
Music by Galt MacDermot
Lyrics/Book by James Rado, Gerome Ragni
Directed by Colleen Daley
One of the “big three” rock musicals, Hair is a product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the 1960s. This show contains nudity, explicit language, drug use, and sexual themes. This show has interactive components.
Show Dates: June 9-11, 16-18, 23-25
Show opens at 8 PM.
Ralph + Lina is a rough and tumble romance following the struggles of two Italian lovers in the face of war, immigration and old age. Real life husband and wife Dan Watson and Christina Serra take the stage, directed by award winning artist Michele Smith, to tell the very Canadian story of Serra's grandparents and their struggle to make a better life together in a new country.
KWLT was born in 1935. The first season closed out with W. Somerset Maugham’s The Circle in May 1936. This year our staged readings will feature shows from our first year, wrapping up with W Somerset Maugham's The Circle.
KWLT will hold its 2016 AGM (and the kickoff to the 81st season!) on June 28, 2016 at 9 Princess St. E in Waterloo. As always, we will hold a BBQ before the meeting. The BBQ starts at 6PM and the meeting starts at 7:30PM. More details to come.