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Klata, Jan
Born in 1973. Studied directing at the State College for Theatre. While he was still studying, Jan Klata worked as an assistant for Jerzy Grzegorzewski, Jerzy Jarocki und Krystian Lupa. Klata’s debut as a playwright came at the age of 12 with “The Green Elephant”, which was printed in the magazine “Dialog” and performed at the Witkiewicz Theatre in Zakopane. His second play “Smiling Grapefruit” was presented at the EuroDrama festival in Wrocław. His first production as director was his staging of Nikolai Gogol’s “The Reviser” at the Teatr Dramatyczny in Wałbrzych, where he re-set the play in the Gierek years in Poland.

Klata’s “Reviser”was invited to the Dialog Festival in Wrocław. His next productions were: “The Dungeons of the Vatican”, after André Gide (staged at the Teatr Współlczesny in Wrocław, 2004); “H”, which borrowed from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” (2004, in a derelict hall of the Gdansk shipyard); “Janulka, Daughter of Fizdejko“ after Witkacy (Teatr Dramatyczny, Wałbrzych, 2004); Burgess’ “Clockwork Orange”(2005) and “Phantasy” after Juliusz Slowacki (Teatr Wybrzeze in Gdansk, 2005). Klata is among the most important directors of recent years. His works can be seen as an attempt to establish political theatre in Poland. The political magazine “Polityka” awarded him the “Polityka Passport Prize” in the field of Theatre.

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