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Spring Weekend: Sunflower (Hungary)

Vaclav Havel Library Foundation

Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

Spring Weekend: Sunflower (Hungary)

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Saturday, May 11

4 pm       Sunflower by Andrea Pass, translated by Patrick Mullowney, directed by Adrian Alea

Stage reading, Hungary

Talk Back & After Party


ISunflower, a young couple with a dysfunctional marriage and illness taking over their lives, faces loosing their home. Familiar situations, and scenes from contemporary life, become a series of revealing snapshots through the eyes of adults as well as children.


The play is set in a small town and involves ordinary characters: the young idealist teacher, the friendly caretaker, three young teens, the handsome doctor, the hopeful shop assistant, the troubled woman in the psychiatric ward. They all bear witness to the story of this three-person family. The father and the 10-year-old, Janka, are trying to cope with the increasingly erratic behavior of the mother. Sunflower is a vibrant tableau of everyday life, vulnerable and burdened with financial problems, broken families, and taboos and shame surrounding mental illness.


The Playwright:

Andrea Pass is a playwright and director. She graduated as a theater historian from the University of Veszprém, Hungary and spent time in Nancy and London on scholarships during her studies. She worked as an assistant to Béla Pintér and Viktor Bodó while she studied script-writing and earned a degree in theater pedagogy. She was awarded the prestigious István Örkény Playwrights Grant for young playwrights on two occasions. Three of her works have been published in print, one of them recently in the Polish Dialog theatrical magazine. Her work deals with social issues while also exploring the human condition, strongly believing in the transformative power of theater.




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: Sunflower (Hungary)? 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 4:00 PM to 5:00 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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