Bohemian National Hall in New York City
June 21 – 30, 2021
Vaclav Havel Library Foundation and Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association are pleased to present the 2021 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival as it returns to in-person format. The festival’s fourth edition offers to audiences a program of two full plays and three stage readings originating from Central Europe, the US, and South Africa. An online panel discussion provides a much-needed space for experts in performing arts to address the pressing matters of the industry’s future, and an award-winning documentary centers on the world of artistic dissent during late Communism in Czechoslovakia.
The 2021 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival introduces two works by young, aspiring playwrights, winners of the 2020 Best Mini-Drama Student Contest. Additionally, three special events will extend the live arts experiences to the entire community, with a marionette show for children, a folk music concert, and a preview of a kinetic and audiovisual installation.
Entitled “Embracing the Inexplicable,” the 2021 edition is truly special, conceived as an occasion for our international community of artists and audiences to reconvene in order to heal collectively and embrace the uncertainties amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival honoring Vaclav Havel is organized by the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation and Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association. The program is co-produced by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, GOH Productions, Czech Center New York, Polish Cultural Institute New York, One-Eighth/Daniel Irizarry Theater, Slovak Consulate General in New York, Palissimo Company, and Arts and Theatre Institute in Prague, Czech Republic.
The 2021 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Council Member Ben Kallos. Additional support is by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, Ceskoslovenska obchodni banka – Member of the KBC Group, PACE.V4 – Performing Arts Central Europe, Visegrad Countries Focus, and International Visegrad Fund.
More information: www.rehearsalfortruth.org.