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Spring Weekend: Hoped I Wouldn’t Meet Myself Today (Romania)

Vaclav Havel Library Foundation

Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

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May 11

8 pm       

Hoped I Wouldn’t Meet Myself Today by Herta Muller, translated, performed, and directed by Simona Maicanescu

 Full production, Romania

Talk Back & After Party


 The play is set in Eastern Europe before the fall of the Berlin Wall where Lili works in a Romanian factory making fine men's overcoats for export to Italy. Her love life is a mess-she has a live-in male friend who spends all of his time and most of her money drinking the day away. Lili also has a secret; she inserts notes which say “Marry me!” and include her name and address into the linings of the coats she sews. When her notes are discovered, Lili knows she could face unemployment or even imprisonment. She is summoned to the inspector’s office to receive the verdict. But the inspector takes a personal interest in her case; that is, he takes a personal interest in her.

Simona Maicanescu

 As an actress, Simona Maicanescu has performed in diverse rolls, including Viola in Twelfth Night and Solange in The Maids. She has worked in both Romania and France under directors Sanda Manu, Càtàlina Buzoianu, Silviu Purcàrete, Lucian Pintilie, Andrei Serban, Tompa Gabor, Sandu Dabija. She has recently branched out into a new realms as both playwright and translator with her adaptation of Herta Muller’s book Hoped I wouldn’t Meet Myself Today. She has a Masters degree from the Bucharest Academy of Arts.

Herta Muller

 Herta Muller is recipient of the Nobel Prize. The performance Hoped I Wouldn’t Meet Myself Today is a dramatization of her book which was translated into English with the title The Appointment. Muller’s story revolves around a Romanian worker who is terrorized by the Ceausescu`s Securitate.


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.



The festival weekend begins with a VIP pre-festival party,The Spring Weekend Soiree, on May 9th at 7pm, at the Bohemian Spirit Restaurant, and all proceeds support the artists. The party features discussions with local directors: Adrian Alea, Edward Einhorn, Simona Maicanescu, Michael Piatkowski and Zishan Ugurlu, and includes short excerpts from the plays themselves. Guests will also enjoy the vibrant music of Central Europe. All tickets can be purchased at and include traditional Czech food and beer.

Friday, May 10, at 7pm, features a stage reading of Vanek Variations from the Czech Republic: Audience, by Vaclav Havel; The Meeting by Edward Einhorn; Infiltration by  Petr Erbes, all directed by Edward Einhorn.

Saturday, May 11, at 4 pm, features the stage reading of a  Hungarian play by Andrea Pass, Sunflower, directed by Adrian Alea.

At 8 pm on May 11th, audiences will experience a full length production of the Romanian play by Herta Muller, Hoped I Wouldn’t Meet Myself Today, directed and performed by Simona Maicanescu.

A stage reading of the Slovakian play, Urn on an Empty Stage, by Martin Cicvak and directed by Katarina Vizina will be presented on Sunday, May 12 at 3 pm.

Poland’s Magda Fertacz’s Puppenhaus. Treatment, directed by Zishan Ugurlu, closes the weekend on May 12th at 7pm.


All productions for this Spring Weekend are held at the Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St., New York, NY, 10021, and have been translated into English. The stage readings and full-length production are free events, and reservations can be made on eventbrite. After every stage reading and production, there will be talk backs with the artists followed by a small reception hosted by the featured country’s cultural institution.


Have questions about Spring Weekend: Hoped I Wouldn’t Meet Myself Today (Romania)? Contact Vaclav Havel Library Foundation

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Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street
New York, NY 10021

Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

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Vaclav Havel Library Foundation

The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in the United States to honor, preserve, and build upon the legacy of playwright, dissident, and former President of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel.

We complement Vaclav Havel Library in Prague by organizing access to unique materials documenting Havel’s accomplishments and activities in North America. We create an effective, cutting-edge interactive platform and bridge to promote worldwide awareness of Havel’s crucial contributions not only to the democratic transition in Central Europe, but to ongoing debates about a much larger transition of the global community from the 20th to 21st century.

U.S. Congress, February 21, 1990

Through activities relating to issues important to Havel, support of research devoted to themes connected to Havel’s legacy as a playwright, and memorials recognizing Havel’s influence as a Global Citizen, VHLF aims to serve as a “living library” focused on advancing the legacy of former President Havel.

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