A selection of European stage readings in NYC
Bohemian National Hall, May 9 – 12, 2019
The Rehearsal for Truth theater festival, honoring Vaclav Havel presents Spring Weekend. It is a showcase of emerging Czech, Hungarian, Polish, and Slovak playwrights whose work reflects on current social and political issues. The plays have been translated into English and feature local New York performers and directors who will have the opportunity to try out these works onstage as part of the European Month of Culture. The program will include a full Romanian production as well.
The cultural institutions of these five countries collaborate with VHLF to select the plays as well as arrange trips for some of the chosen playwrights to NYC to participate in the rehearsals, stage reading performances, and discussions with the audience after the shows.
The program is organized by the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation and the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association, in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, Consulate General of Slovakia, the Polish Cultural Institute, the Romanian Cultural Institute, and Untitled Theater Company #61.
The program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Thursday, May 9
Spring Weekend Soiree
A VIP Night at the Bohemian Spirit Restaurant
Featuring the directors of the shows in conversation, short production excerpts, the vibrant music of Central Europe, and traditional Czech food and beer.
Friday, May 10, 7pm
Audience by Vaclav Havel, translated by Jan Novak; The Meeting by Edward Einhorn; Infiltration by Petr Erbes, translated by Paul Wilson
Directed by Edward Einhorn
Stage reading, Czech Republic
Saturday, May 11, 4 pm
Sunflower by Andrea Pass, translated by Patrick Mullowney, directed by Adrian Alea
Stage reading, Hungary
I Hope I Wouldn’t Meet Myself Today by Herta Müller, translated, performed, and directed by Simona Maicanescu
Full production, Romania
Sunday, May 12, 3 pm
Urn on an Empty Stage by Martin Cicvak, translated by Katarina Briggler, directed by Michael Piatkowski
Stage reading, Slovakia
Puppenhaus.Treatment by Magda Fertacz, translated by Artur Zapalowski, directed by Zishan Ugurlu
Stage reading, Poland
Tickets to VIP Night and free tickets for stage readings at Eventbrite.com.
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