Two Plays by Tadeusz Rozewicz Translated by Adam Czemiawski Tadeusz Rozewicz has enjoyed for some years now an international reputation as a leading playwright and poet. These two plays represent his remarkable talents to great advantage. MARIAGE BLANC is a tragic farce set in a middle class household in the Poland of the late nineteenth century and concerns itself with 'respectable' attitudes towards love and sex in the society of that period. The central characters are two young sisters one of whom is to marry. They find themselves constantly caught between rampant lust on the one hand and vapid sentimentality on the other. There is a squalid hinterland of grubby encounters with servants and frigid sexual paralysis. At the conclusion of the play one sister's search for sexual and emotional fulfilment has resulted in her own identity crumbling to nothing while the other sister becomes nothing less than ą calculating whore. THE HUNGER ARTIST DEPARTS takes its origin and inspiration from a short story by Kafka in which a showman travels from town to town with his impresario, starving himself for long periods of time for the people's amusement. This play, which is a personal statement by Rozewicz about the relationship of the artist to society, also casts a wry glance at recent events in Poland. Rozewicz blends his own remarks with the events surrounding the last few days of the Hunger Artist's fast, drawing upon the contrasts between the vulgar wit of the townspeople, the calculating commercialism of the impresario and the deep inner suffering of the Hunger Artist.