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Janek Turkowski (Poland)


The Public: Classroom

Thursday, January 4 - Monday, January 15

Running Time: 55 Minutes

Members and Partners: $20
Full: $25 + fees

Seating for this performance includes pillows and non-traditional theater seats. Please arrive early if you require a traditional seat.

Photo by Margarete Ruhbe

In 2008, Janek Turkowski discovered a cardboard box containing 64 reels of 8mm film in a North German market close to the Polish border. Each reel consisted of images of the same woman, Margarete Ruhbe. Captivated by the celluloid subject, Turkowski embarked on an artistic reconstruction of the life of a woman he didn’t and possibly couldn't know.

Set against powerful images of the Communist Bloc, the story of Margarete unfolds from Turkowski's curiosity-driven purchase to his private investigation into the identity of a woman who left only a brief but indelible mark through home movies. Using digital and 8mm projections that he edited from the found footage, this intimate solo performance is a reflection on memory, how it can be recorded and how it can be perceived.

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MARGARETE is supported by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

THE PHILIP AND JANICE LEVIN FOUNDATION provides support for The Public’s access and engagement programming.

All orders subject to $3 per ticket service fee and $1.50 per ticket facility fee. Service fees for single tickets are waived at the Box Office window. All fees are waived for Public Theater Members and Partners. Plays, titles, actors, directors, and performance dates and times are subject to change. All sales are final, no refunds or cancellations.

Created and Performed by Janek Turkowski

Video by Margarete Ruhbe, Martyna Głowacka, Adam Ptaszynski, Marcin Piatkowski, and Janek Turkowski


Set Design by Wiesława Turkowska

and Janek Turkowski

Music by Roger Anklam and Przemek Radar Olszewski

Translators Jeannette Boettcher, Marcin Piatkowski, and Andrzej Wojtasik

Management by Iwona Nowacka

 Post-Show Discussions - Members of the cast and creative team will take questions from the audience about the show and their process

Join us for two panel discussions moderated by Andrew Kircher, Director of the Devised Theater Initiative and Associate Dramaturg, Devised Theater.

Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

Panel 1: Janek Turkowski (Margarete) and Dickie Beau (Re-Member Me)

Saturday, January 13, 11:00am
Newman Theater

Panel 2: Erik Jensen, Jessica Blank, and Tommy Kriegsmann (How To Be A Rock Critic) and Roger Guenveur Smith and Travis Preston (The Hendrix Project)
Sunday, January 14, 11:00am
Martinson Hall