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From Visegrad to Visegrad

Rehearsal For Truth Theater Festival / exhibition 27 September, 2017 - 01 October, 2017

[BBLA at Bohemian National Hall]


The exhibition From Visegrad to Visegrad drawn from the collection of Polish Archive Society presents the history of relations between Polish, Slovak, Hungarian and Czech nations - from the 14th century to present day. It shows friendship and cooperation taking place on various levels: political, religious, cultural, artistic, scientific and economic. Part of Rehearsal for Truth, a unique festival presenting the best in Central European theater, organized under the auspices of Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, and Daniel Herman, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic.


From Visegrad to Visegrad highlights the historical and social events common to the countries of Visegrad Group (V4) as national liberation struggles, World War II, anti-communist resistance and the breakthrough of 1989. The exhibition material was collected from Polish, Slovak, Hungarian and Czech archives, museums, libraries and other cultural and scientific institutions, selected by archive societies from V4 and finally shaped by Polish Archive Society. The text has been prepared in 5 languages: English, Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak.


BBLA Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10021


Free and open to the public.


Rehearsal for Truth 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.


“What matters is not whether a play is light-hearted or serious, but––be it comedic or otherwise––whether it speaks to people about their problems, how it speaks to them, what impact it has on them… We wish only to put on plays that meet certain standards of urgency, that are intellectually penetrating, complex, challenging, and powerful.”
     -- Vaclav Havel, The Kind of Theater We Want to Do, from a letter to Alfred Radok, August 4, 1963


The organizers have tapped into the existing Central European theater network to bring the region’s distinctive contemporary cultural perspective to New York stages. The selection of the four productions was guided by recommendations from Theatre Institutes in each country and the Polish Cultural Institute. Over 25 partners have joined forces with the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation and BBLA to launch this festival in 2017. The festival was also made possible by grants from The Rockefeller Brothers Fund and funded in part by a grant from the NYC & Company Foundation.

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