Robi Polgar: Musician, Writer, Director, Unapologetic Soccer Junkie; Austin, TX; photo by M. Arthur

[ samizdat-001 ] Thug Nation
Songs from the Resistance

In the summer of 2017, the Study Session released [ samizdat-001 ] Thug Nation, Songs from the Resistance.

There’s more to come, so please sign up on the mailing list below to make sure you get to hear our new music in the key of resist before some old vengeance-fueled carrot-topped twitter-grifter throws the lot of us in the slammer!

Read more about the [ samizdat-001 ] project here.

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Hi, I'm Robi

Welcome to this website! For those of you who might not know me, I'm a musician, writer, director and unrepentant soccer junkie, living and creating in Austin, TX.

I believe in the power of art as a force for good, and am compelled to share what I make with others. Sometimes my projects are tightly conceived and structured events; other times they’re unscripted, rocking and rolling live performances. Often they end up being a little of both!

Art knits communities together. In these challenging times, artists — through our stories, songs and imaginations — will light the way, in defiance of those who seek to divide us.

Good art draws you in and encourages you to open yourself to the new, the different, the unexpected. The best art leaves you exhilarated, buoyed by the feeling that anything is possible. Sometimes it's a little dangerous, occasionally a bit of a slog, but most of all art should be fun — for artist and audience alike.

So write a song and sing it for your friends. Put on a play and perform it for strangers in dark halls. Cook dinner and invite your neighbors to the feast. Whatever it is, get together and share the experience.

Maybe one day soon I'll see you at something I've made. Here is a smattering of some of the things I've been up to.


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Be first to know all about how those new projects I'm cooking up are going, and maybe even try some advance samples before we serve them to the greater public!

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Robi Polgar: Singer-Songwriter, Musician; Austin, TX

I always have a song inside me. I don't mean the ones I write. I mean I can hear music playing in my head all the time, and there's no way to turn it off. This could drive lesser mortals mad, but not me!

CLICK HERE to Visit My Music Page Where You Can:

-> Listen to songs
-> See where I'm playing next
-> Read about the projects I have underway
-> Book me to play your next fete
-> Order a song from the online song menu

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Robi Polgar: Writer, Writing

"You're a writer," one of my old university professors once told me. I have suh-lowly worked my way around to believing this, though the proof is usually in the pudding and I'm not much for pudding.

There are Big Writings underway. However, until I get a dedicated "Writing" page up and running, suffice this littler handful of writings I've written to tide you over...if you're superkeen, have a read o' these old blog posts chosen from the Robbledegook blog:

-> Velvet Wonderland: A tour of New York City, circa 1967 (and today)

-> Memories of the Fall of the World Trade Center

-> Occupy Austin, Thursday, October 6, 2011

-> How Dick Cheney Had Nothing to Do with Egypt's Revolution

-> The Wedding Strummer

-> Room Renovations a la IKEA

-> A Recipe for Matzoh Ball Soup

I know, I know. That'll have to do for now. That and my assurance that there'll be a page dedicated to those Big Writings in the near future. Unless I get writer's block or can't stop procrastinating, that is...

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Robi Polgar: Theatre Director, Playwright, Producer

Theatre is what I'm actually trained to do — indeed, I earned not one but two degrees in the theatre arts (a B.A. in drama and an M.F.A. in directing). Both come in handy when...ah. Yes. Actually, I've always believed theatre is the one art form that can bring a community together effectively. But that's an argument for another day.

Until then, here are a couple of recent(ish) projects of mine.

There's the upcoming January 2019 Wigan Pier "knees-up," featuring the music, film and some of the best bits from my 2004 music hall inspired The Road to Wigan Pier — A (Socialist) Tea-Time Travelogue and Historical Musical Revue.

And here is The Tree Play, an agitprop folk tale for the theatre that explores the relationship between man and nature and poses questions about survival, environmental activism and what it means to fall in love. I wrote, produced and directed it in Austin in 2015.

To see a long-form theatre bio, click here.

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Robi Polgar's Day Job: Freelance Copywriting, Editing and Proofreading Services

When I'm not creating stuff for me, my bands, etc., I help others with their creative efforts, as a freelance copywriter, copy editor and proofreader.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the day job.

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