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

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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 or on the street. 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.

Peace,

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The Road to Wigan Pier Revisited 1/26/19

Return to Wigan Pier: A Right Ol’ Knees-Up

January 26, 2019 at the Carousel Lounge

In 2004, The Road to Wigan Pier: A (Socialist) Tea-Time Travelogue & Historical Musical Revue made its theatrical debut at the Off Center (aka 7th Street Working Men’s Club). Ever since, people keep asking me if I have any plans to bring the production back for a second run. I regret to tell them that such an endeavor is a financial and logistical improbability.

But on the 15th anniversary of the original, a one-night-only knees-up was in order.

👉 CLICK HERE to learn more about the Return to Wigan Pier.

The Road to Wigan Pier

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[ 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, a collection of protest songs in the key of resist plus a couple of love ballads, because you gotta take the crunchy with the...uh...crunchier. Have a listen before some aging, racist vengeance-fueled carrot-topped twitter-grifter throws the lot of us in the slammer!

👉 CLICK HERE to listen to the songs and learn more about the [ samizdat ] project.

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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! I’ve got a whole Web page as a door-opener where you can listen to songs, see where I’m playing next, read about various and sundry musical projects, book me to play your next fête and order a song from my online song menu (I’ll play it for you at my next happy hour gig!).

👉 CLICK HERE to visit my music page.

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Robi Polgar: Writer, Writing

“You’re a writer,” a university professor once told me, moons ago. 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.

On the other hand, there are Big Writings underway, manuscripts for novels, full-length plays and more. The most pressing bit of work is part one of what I plan as a four-part soccer-murder-mystery series, following the exploits of a hapless team of semi-professional footballers in a remote West Yorkshire village in 1978. Why? you ask... find out on the writing page!

👉 CLICK HERE to read all about my latest writing projects and writing projects past.

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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 from Tufts University and an M.F.A. in directing from The University of Texas at Austin). 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.

I was the artistic director of The Public Domain Theatre Company in Austin for a spell, where I directed or produced more than 40 plays. Since then, I’ve penned a few of my own and dragged them kicking and screaming onto stages of all sizes. From English coal miners to stranded polar bears to sentient trees a deviously hilarious gameshow from the Holocaust, nothing is too sacred to find its way from my page to the stage.

👉 CLICK HERE to explore my theatrical shenanigans.

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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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