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Spring Weekend: Puppenhaus.Treatment (Poland)

Vaclav Havel Library Foundation

Sunday, May 12, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

 Spring Weekend: Puppenhaus.Treatment (Poland)

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Puppenhaus.Treatment May 15, 2019 Free  

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Sunday May 12 at 7 pm       

Puppenhaus.Treatment by Magda Fertacz, translated by Artur Zapalowski, directed by Zishan Ugurlu

Stage reading, Poland

Talk Back & After Party

"Traitors to the country,” “collaborators,” and “renegades,” are World War II figures that have re-entered the national and political discourse of today. Playwright, Magda Fertacz, examines the issues of treason and collaborationism from the perspective of alternative codes of memory: those typically dismissed as uncomfortable, incompatible with one-dimensional heroism and black-and-white view of patriotism. By constructing a theatrical fantasy about wartime, the artists are asking questions about the stigmatization, punishment and judgment of individuals who, for a variety of reasons, renounce heroism and refuse to fight and make sacrifices for their country. How is historical memory and moral evaluation of past choices and actions constructed? What are the limits of interpreting and fantasizing about history charged with trauma and heroism? How can collective memory be healed?


Magda Fertacz was born in 1975. She is a playwright, screenwriter, interior designer, and winner of the Gdynia Drama Award and the competition at the Polish Contemporary Art Exhibition. Magda Fertacz is a graduate of the College of Communication and Social Media and the Department of Journalism of the University of Warsaw. She made her debut as a playwright with the play, Dust, staged at the National Theater in Warsaw by Anna Trojanowska, which earned a distinction in the Radom Odważny contest in 2005.


Zishan Ugurlu is a resident actress and director at La MaMa Theater and has worked extensively both in New York and abroad. She is the founding artistic director of Actors without Borders-ITONY. She graduated from Columbia University with a MFA degree and holds a Ph.D. She is currently teaching at The New School University as an Associate Professor. She is the recipient of the prestigious Fox Foundation Fellowship granted by Theater Communications Group.

 

ABOUT SPRING WEEKEND

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.

FULL PROGRAM 

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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-weekend-soiree-tickets-59920842854 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. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-weekend-audience-the-meetinginfiltration-czech-tickets-59964688999

Saturday, May 11, at 4 pm, features the stage reading of a  Hungarian play by Andrea Pass, Sunflower, directed by Adrian Alea. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-weekend-sunflower-hungary-tickets-59965963812

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. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-weekend-hoped-i-wouldnt-meet-myself-today-romania-tickets-59966704026

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. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-weekend-urn-on-an-empty-stage-slovakia-tickets-59965285784

Poland’s Magda Fertacz’s Puppenhaus. Treatment, directed by Zishan Ugurlu, closes the weekend on May 12th at 7pm. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-weekend-puppenhaustreatment-poland-tickets-59967167412

 

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: Puppenhaus.Treatment (Poland)? Contact Vaclav Havel Library Foundation

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

Sunday, May 12, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 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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