Vaclav—dissident, activist, essayist, philosopher, politician, founder and president of the Czech Republic—is known throughout the world as a hero of the human rights movement and a martyr for the ‘right to write.’ . . . But few in the West know that he is also his country’s most famous playwright. . . . His plays constitute a significant body of work spanning the period from 1959 to 2007, a crucial dramatization of human existence in a crucial era.
Carol Rocamora, Acts of Courage: Vaclav Havel’s Life in the Theater
To honor Vaclav Havel’s theatrical legacy, VHLF collects information about productions of his plays in America, awards scholarships to Czech and U.S. students of drama and performance studies, and presents an annual festival of contemporary European theater, Rehearsal for Truth.
TheaterReview: ‘Beckett Trio, Part 2’ by Scena Theatre April 18, 2019 Source: DC Metro / https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com / By David Siegel / Scena Theatre’s ‘Beckett Trio, Part 2’ may not be for everyone, but it is most certainly a rare treat for those who love their Samuel Beckett and who may not have seen many of his shorter plays. Add it to … TheaterKarl Marx Arrives in Los Angeles In MARX IN SOHO March 28, 2019 Source: Broadway World / www.broadwayworld.com / By MWW News Desk / In Los Angeles, a $4,000,000 car roaring past hungry, homeless people is not a rare sight – for most people, it is simply a fact of life. We are a society in which the dichotomy of ultra-wealthy and absolutely-destitute … TheaterSf International Arts Festival Presents Czech Spitfire Company March 7, 2019 Source: Broadway World / www.broadwayworld.com / By BWW News Desk / San Francisco International Arts Festival is very proud to present the west coast debut of the Spitfire Company from the Czech Republic with their award-winning play Antidot, a deeply satirical re-imagining of Vaclav Havel’s best known play, Audience. Spitfire’s … News, TheaterRock ‘N’ Roll October 20, 2018 Source: Windy City Times / www.windycitymediagroup.com / By Jonathan Abarbanel / Playwright: Tom Stoppard At: The Artistic Home, 1376 W. Grand Ave., Tickets: 866-811-4111; TheArtisticHome.org; $34. Runs through: Nov. 18 This is a well-acted, intelligent production of a sprawling play with a tangle of themes and ideas intersecting symbolically if … News, TheaterA Review of “Protest” October 16, 2018 Source: The Bagpipe / www.bagpipeonline.com / By Ellie Brown / “Those that say that individuals are not capable of changing anything are only looking for excuses.” -Vaclav Havel Powerful speeches, comical policemen, and the realities of humanity were all put on display in the show “Protest (and other writings)” that … News, TheaterCovenant College Presents “Protest” October 8, 2018 Source: The Bagpipe / www.bagpipeonline.com / By Mia Connell / This September, the Covenant College Theatre Department presents political dissident and playwright Vaclav Havel’s “Protest,” a play revealing what it means to act with integrity versus hypocrisy. In “Protest,” the price of avoiding hypocrisy becomes apparent to two old friends … News, TheaterInterview with Zuzana Kronerova of Astorka Korzo ́90 Theatre September 21, 2018 Astorka Korzo ́90 Theatre will be presenting their production of Eve of Retirement/ Pred Odchodom na Odpocinok at The Rehearsal for Truth theater festival in honor of Vaclav Havel. The festival takes place from 25 -30 September at The Bohemian National Hall and is presented by The Vaclav Havel Library … News, TheaterInterview with Daniel Hrbek – Director of the Productions PROTEST/DEBT September 21, 2018 Svanda Theatre from Prague, Czech Republic will be presenting their production of PROTEST/DEBT at The Rehearsal for Truth theater festival in honor of Vaclav Havel. The festival takes place from 25 -30 September at The Bohemian National Hall and is presented by The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation and The Bohemian … News, TheaterMadeleine K. Albright: Global Challenges of Today and Commemorating Václav Havel September 18, 2018 HAVEL BUST DEDICATION Sculptor Marie Seborova Thursday, September 27, 2018 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Low Memorial Library Rotunda Columbia University This program features an address by Former United States Secretary of State, The Honorable Madeleine Albright, commemorating Václav Havel as an intellectual, leader, and agent of change and how his … News, TheaterSCALE 1:5 August 29, 2018 REHEARSAL FOR TRUTH Theater Festival Saturday, September 29, 2018, 12 p.m. & 3 p.m. Presented by: HOPPart, Budapest, Hungary Director: Tamas Herczeg Cast: Lilla Czvikker, Lilla Litauszky, Lilla Csenge Cseke, Zalan Kisari, Domotor Pinter The Hungarian company HOPPart will bring the alternative musical show SCALE 1:5 to the streets of New York by using a portable sound … News, TheaterCEZARY IDZIE NA WOJNE / CEZARY GOES TO WAR August 29, 2018 REHEARSAL FOR TRUTH Theater Festival Saturday, September 29, 2018 7:30 p.m. Presented by: Komuna Warszawa, Warsaw, Poland and Polish Cultural Institute in New York Conceived and directed by: Cezary Tomaszewski, Script: Justyna Wąsik Music by: Claude Debussy, Georg Friedrich Handel, Stanislaw Moniuszko, Dimitr Szostakowicz The play deconstructs military ethos and … News, TheaterPROTEST / DEBT August 29, 2018 REHEARSAL FOR TRUTH Theater Festival Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 7:30 p.m. Presented by: Svanda Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic Playwrights: Vaclav Havel and Marek Hejduk Director: Daniel Hrbek Translation: Jan Novak and Alex Zucker Cast: Robert Jaskow, Tomas Pavelka, Jacob Erftemeijer, Tomas Korenek Thirty-three years separate two one-act plays that are … News, TheaterEVE OF RETIREMENT/ PRED ODCHODOM NA ODPOCINOK August 28, 2018 REHEARSAL FOR TRUTH Theater Festival Friday, September 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m. Presented by: Astorka Korzo ́90 Theatre Playwright: Thomas Bernhard Director: Juraj Nvota Cast: Peter Simun, Zuzana Kronerova, Marta Sladeckova Eve of Retirement represents not only an artistic masterpiece but also a political and social catharsis for the Slovak nation, … News, TheaterRehearsal for Truth Festival 2018 Program Announced August 26, 2018 The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation (VHLF), together with the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA), will partner with Czech, Hungarian, Polish, and Slovak performing arts and cultural institutions to host the second year of a unique festival presenting the best in contemporary Central European theater. Artistic Director of the Festival, …