Dramatic Reading of “The Claw,” A Murder Mystery Comedy

January 30, 2020 1:00 PM–3:30 PM

Spend a winter afternoon laughing and sleuthing with us as UCALL thespians perform a dramatic reading of “The Claw,” written in 1938 by local author and funeral director Zygmunt Brzozowski. It was performed only once by The Maska Dramatic Circle in 1939. Maska (Polish for “mask”) was formed in Schenectady, NY, in 1933 and performed more than 51 plays in Polish until 1942. While most Maska performances were 19th and early 20th century farces by well-established Polish playwrights, just 4 were written by Maska members, including “The Claw,” the only full manuscript found in Phyllis Budka’s grandmother’s attic. After translating the text, Phyllis discovered that the clever plot was based on a 1921 Broadway hit, “The Cat and the Canary,” which was subsequently made into 4 movies. Special thanks go to Union’s Theater and Dance Professors Randy Wyatt and Dan Venning.


Yulman Theater

807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308