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Rehearsal for Truth 2019: Audience (Czech Republic)

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Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Street

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Manager Sladek meeting employee Vanek. While the manager is inducing binge drinking, it is less clear what he wants from Vanek.

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PLAY, TALKBACK, AFTERPARTY

Audience centers on a meeting between brewery manager Sladek and employee Vanek. While the manager is clearly opening too many beers and inducing binge drinking, it is less clear what he wants from Vanek. Audience (1975) is the first of Vaclav Havel’s partly autobiographical one-act plays known as the “Vanek Trilogy” (followed by Protest (1978) and Mistake (1983)) based on his experience of being subject to forced work while under constant harassment from the Communist regime. Since the plays were banned in then-Czechoslovakia, they were performed in people’s living rooms and even recorded on vinyl.

Audience by playwright Vaclav Havel. Directed by Jakub Spalek. Cast: Jan Potmesil, Jakub Spalek. Presented by: Kaspar Theatre in Celetna, Czech Center New York. Duration: 45 minutes

The show will be performed in Czech with English supertitles. Talkback after the show will be with director/actor Jakub Spalek and actor Jan Potmesil, afterparty reception will take place at Bohemian National Hall’s Ballroom Bar.

Audience will be also featured at Davis Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., on October 2, and at Chopin Theatre in Chicago on October 6. The US tour of Kaspar company is supported by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C., Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago, and Czech compatriot associations in Chicago.

>> View the full program of the 2019 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival

ABOUT THE 2019 REHEARSAL FOR TRUTH THEATER FESTIVAL

The 2019 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival explores the disappearance of borders between truth and lies. The festival consists of five international performances—three full plays, one dance performance and a behind-the-scene presentation—along with four special events. In total, the activities offer a notable occasion for adventure of the mind and conduits for shared encounters.

The festival examines different nuances of truth through its third edition, “The Travesty of Truth.” Conceived under the direction of Pavla Niklova, the 2019 Rehearsal for Truth program encourages participants to enter a dialogue on pressing matters that pervade our post-truth era. “The time when boundary is blurred between truth and lie, theater holds the power to re-establish relationships between participants through a common engagement and common experience of truth,” states Niklova.

The 2019 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival is organized by the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation (VHLF) and Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA), in partnership with Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak and Romanian performing arts organizations and cultural institutes. The series of events highlight Vaclav Havel’s legacy as a playwright through live performances, panel discussions, exhibitions and a ceremony for the Disturbing the Peace Award to a Courageous Writer at Risk. A key objective is to establish exchanges between U.S. and Central European theater professionals. The festival reflects Havel’s contribution to 20th-century theater as well as his belief in the potential of Central European cultural traditions to enrich human existence in the modern age. The program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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