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THE STAND IN (ZÁSKOK) BY THE CIMRMAN ENGLISH THEATRE
Wed, April 19, 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EDT
A recently translated production of the widely popular Czech play The Stand In (Záskok), a humorous piece related to the legendary genius Jára Cimrman who is a cult figure in Czech culture despite the fact that he never existed.
Translation: Brian Stewart a Emilie Machalová
Director: Brian Stewart
Produced by: D,A. ECHO
ABOUT THE PLAY:
The Stand In (Záskok)
directed by Brian Stewart
written by Zdeněk Svěrák and Ladislav Smoljak
Length: 90 minutes
Performed in English with native English-speaking actors
This brilliant comedy, set in 1910, tells the story of a small Czech theatre company who, having lost some company members, recruits the renowned Czech actor Karel Infeld Prácheňský as “The Stand-In” for the premiere the new play Vlasta by Jára Cimrman. As Karel is unable to remember his lines, as well as the names of the other characters, and even the play in which he is performing, chaos inevitably ensues. The play is an authentic, hilarious translation of the Czech comedy classic.
The Stand In is the first English language production of this popular, intelligent and witty play.
Who is Jára Cimrman – the Czech Phenomenon?
Jára Cimrman is a fictitious personality created by Zdeněk Svěrák and Ladislav Smoljak. He is a poet, philosopher, inventor, musician, mathematician, intellectual, athlete and a prolific playwright. He is esteemed for his immense contribution to the progress of humanity. In 2005, the ficticious charactor won the poll for the “Greatest Czech.” His character has become an intrinsic part of Czech folklore. Quotes from his plays are often used in everyday life. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the “discovery” of his legacy, which has inspired 15 plays, in the town of Liptákov.
Preview the theatre at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KfgDtR89JaU
Additional Information about the Theatre
Cimrman English Theatre is a company composed of English and American actors living in Prague, who fell in love with the poetry of Jára Cimrman's plays. The company has been successfully performing The Stand In (Záskok) and Conquest of the North Pole (Dobytí severního pólu) on the stage of the original Jára Cimrman Theatre in Prague.
Please arrive at least five minutes prior to showtime. Empty seats will be released to standby patrons at that time. To RSVP for other events please visit www.czechcenter.com.