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Rehearsal For Truth 2019: Woman Alone (Romania)

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The story of Maria, an embodiment of abused women, and the elements of her domestic life that entrap her. Will she find courage to escape?

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PLAY, TALKBACK, AFTERPARTY

Woman Alone unveils the story of Maria and the elements of her domestic life that entrap her. She grapples to cope with the pressure of her crazy father-in-law while raising a baby and dealing with a voyeuristic neighbor. Will Maria, an embodiment of physically, verbally or non-verbally abused women, find the courage to escape?

“Maria, the unique character of this monologue play is the exponent of 2000 years of ignorance and injustice. I am not necessarily a feminist, but I am a promoter of gender equality, of everyone’s right to be master of her or his body and actions. This text proposes a situation, a reason, a pretext, a cry of hundreds of generations of women.” (Daniel Grigore-Simion, Director)

Woman Alone by Italian playwrights Dario Fo and Franca Rame. Directed by Daniel Grigore-Simion. Cast: Andreea Bibiri. Presented by: Art Theatre Bucharest and Romanian Cultural Institute. Duration: 60 min. The performance is followed by talkback and afterparty.

Woman Alone (1977) is presented at the 2019 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival with the support of Romanian Cultural Institute. Afterparty reception will take place at Bohemian National Hall’s Ballroom Bar.

>> 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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