Playwright Ireneusz Iredynski is a renown contemporary Polish dramatist. Born in Stanislawow, Poland, he was raised by his grandmother and
aunt after most of
his family perished in World War II, only to run away at the age of 16. His first collection of short stories,
"Day of a Cheat," was published in 1954.
Stanislaw Lem, Poland's renown author of science-fiction tales has compared him to Dostoyevski.
Iredynski's literary skill was as legendary as his activism. He was imprisoned in 1960 for opposing Poland's Communist regime. It was a decisive moment in his creative work, which became focused on the pathological dimensions of human existence, the disintegration of love, and the struggle between good and evil. "Prison changed me forever," said Iredynski, "everything inside of me got rearranged, broken-up." The manipulation of the downtrodden through violence and coercion, and man's quest forfreedom are recurring themes in his work. Considered his best play, "Farewell Judas" was first produced at Schauspielhouse in Zurich, Switzerland. Finally in 1971 Polish director Konrad Swinarski presented it to critical acclaim at Krakow's Teatr Stary. His plays, now translated into several languages are frequently produced. Iredynski died tragically in 1985 at age 46.
His filmography include screenwriting credits for several films: Alone in the City (1965), The Cardiogram (1971), The Anatomy of Love (1972), and Pedestrian Subway (1973). The latter, a Kieslowski film made for televison, is based on a short story by Iredynski.