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Eve of Retirement

theater, Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival 28 September, 2018 - 7:30 PM

[Bohemian National Hall]


A play by Thomas Bernhard, one of the most important German-language authors of the postwar era who pushes his contempt for Austria as a nest of unregenerate Nazis and anti-Semites to an outrageous extreme in this play. 


Eve of Retirement (Pred odchodom na odpocinok) is presented by Astorka Korzo'90 Theatre, directed by Juraj Nvota.

Cast: Peter Simun, Zuzana Kronerova, Marta Sladeckova.


This performance is part of the 2018 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival, the second edition of a unique festival presenting in New York City the best in Central European theater.


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The Astorka Korzo'90 Theatre has been one of the leading theatres in Slovakia following the legendary On Korzo Theatre that was closed for political reasons in the early 1970s. Eve of Retirement represents not only artistic masterpiece but also political and social catharsis for Slovak nation, whose government collaborated with the Nazi regime during the so-called Slovak state (1939–1945). The production may be characterized as metaphorical realism showing the evil and its historical recurrence. The production was awarded Grand Prix as Best Production at the New Drama Festival of Contemporary Slovak and World Drama 2006 organized by The Theatre Institute in Bratislava.



Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Street, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10021


Free and open to the public. Seats are limited, on first-come, first-served basis. RSVP is required. Please reserve your seat online at eventbrite.com.

Please note the production contains explicit and adult material and is not recommended for persons under 16. 


Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival is organized by Vaclav Havel Library Foundation and BBLA, in partnership with Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak performing arts institutions and cultural institutes to highlight Havel’s legacy as a playwright through live performances, panel discussions, exhibitions and an award ceremony. It seeks to establish exchanges between U.S. and Central European theater professionals. The festival reflects not only Havel’s contribution to 20th century theater but also his belief in the potential of Central European cultural traditions to enrich human existence in the modern age. Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The performance Eve of Retirement is supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council, Bratislava Self-Governing Region and the Consulate General of Slovakia in New York. 


Bohemian Benevolent & Literary AssociationHospodaThe National Czech and Slovak MuseumAmerican Friends of the Czech RepublicCzech CenterConsulate General