The Kosciuszko Foundation invites you to a performed reading of
A new play by Richard Vetere, featuring Maja Wampuszyc
Thursday, February 10, 2022, 7 PM
The Kosciuszko Foundation: 15 E 65th Street, New York, NY 10065
Admission: $15/ $10 KF members
Zagłada is about a 90-year-old Polish man living in Maspeth, Queens, who is exposed by an African-American journalist as having been a Kapo in Buchenwald. The man shoots at the journalist, is arrested for firing an illegal firearm, and held at the 112th Precinct by an NYPD Intelligence Bureau Officer. There he is forced to confront his past by a Federal Prosecutor who is driven by a personal vendetta.
Richard Vetere is most known for his novel The Third Miracle (Simon & Schuster) made into a film released by Sony Picture Classics, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, directed by Agnieszka Holland, and starring Ed Harris. His first produced original feature film Vigilante was named "one of the best indie films of the 1980s" by BAM. The Marriage Fool, starring Walter Matthau and Carol Burnet, adapted by Vetere from his stage play for CBS TV films, was the most viewed TV movie ever made. He has written features and TV pilots for George Clooney, Warner Brothers, Paramount, New Line, Fox, Disney, CBS, and ABC to name a few. Vetere's published works include: seven published novels, three published toms of poetry and over twenty published plays, including the critically acclaimed Caravaggio. Most recently Caravaggio was awarded the Golden Palm for The Best Screenplay at the Beverly Hills International Film Festival 2021. Richard Vetere is a Lifetime Member of the WGA East, served a two-year term on its Council in 2012, and has an MA from Columbia University in Comparative English Literature.
Maja Wampuszyc has worked with Tony & Oscar Award winners. Film & TV credits include: The Immigrant (Cannes & NY Film Festival); Mona Lisa Smile; Going Shopping; The Knick; Madam Secretary; Search Party. Broadway: Irena's Vow. Off-Broadway, NYC, & regional credits include: Irena's Vow (Co-produced by The Directors Company & The Polish Cultural Institute); Lady Macbeth and Her Lover; House of Connelly; Foggy Bottom; An Oak Tree (Obie Award); The Pearl Theatre; Precious Stones, and pool (no water). March 2020: Anna Akhmatova in Night Shadows Or: One Hundred Million Voices Shouting at Irondale. In 2021: Wampuszyc played the title role in Clytemnestra in Hades; made two solo shorts; contributed a recording from Szkice Piórkiem for the PTI Projekt Bobkowski and most recently played Ayn Rand in The Disciple for Thirdwing, LTD. A member of the PDW Actors Studio, she has collaborated as a director with Richard Vetere on four new plays, including the newly published Zagłada; and on Unknown Objects of Desire (a fantastical dramatization of Marie Curie Skłodowska's teen years) with Lanie Robertson (Lady Day at the Emerson Bar and Grill, Broadway 2014). Maja Wampuszyc graduated Summa Cum Laude in English Literature, BA. She studied acting with Uta Hagen, Robert X. Modica at Carnegie Hall, and Shakespeare with BADA at Balliol College, Oxford. A member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA, she is represented by Bret Adams, LTD.