It means ‘revenge’ in Polish, but Aptos’ Arthur Mrozowski, and his company MGE, make it sweet and bring Poland right into the heart of America—and Santa Cruz’s Rio Theatre.
Arthur Mrozowski hands me an empty plate and points to some sauerkraut in a dish on the table in front of us.
“Help yourself,” Arthur says as we scan the Polish delicacies sharing the smorgasbord spotlight: peirogies, beets, polish sausage, rye bread with butter. Sitting at the 1 ’o clock position on the table is a foreigner—sushi, specifically California rolls.
“I knew you were a vegetarian,” Arthur notes, shrugs, then saunters off to entertain some of the Polish and Polish-American friends he’s invited to his Aptos home for a holiday party.
As the festive pump of an accordion and the brass of a trumpet linger in the audio periphery—proof that Polka music can never get too boring—I add sushi onto my plate and then reach for those tasty-looking foreign dumplings. My left eyebrow arches at the sight of another dish.