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Reality Czech: The 2018 Gala

gala evening 27 September, 2018 - 6:00 PM

[Bohemian National Hall]


A gala evening commemorating one hundred years of Czech and Slovak independence during the 2018 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival. Honoree: The Honorable Madeleine Albright.  


The evening's program will reflect Vaclav Havel's dedication to human rights, theater, and cultural diplomacy. We will honor Secretary Albright for her unparalleled contribution to the return of the Czechs and Slovaks to the democratic societies of the world. The annual Award for a Courageous Writer at Risk to an individual who has fought for freedom of expression and other rights in an exemplary, inspiring manner will be presented by Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy.


You will enjoy music by the renowned Czech singer Iva Bittova and the Slovak dulcimer band Pajtasi and short excerpts from shows performed by Svandovo and Astorka Korzo '90 theaters, HOPPart and Komuna Warszawa. The esteemed MC's for the evening will be two-time Tony Award winning actress Christine Ebersole and Czech puppeteer Vit Horejs.


Christine Ebersole won Tony Awards for Best actress in a Musical for her work in Grey Gardens and 42nd Street. She has also been awarded the Drama Desk Award, The Outer Critics Circle Award and the Drama League Award, a special citation from the New York Drama Critics Circle and an Obie. She is a celebrated film and television actress starring in memorable productions like Tootsie, Mac and Me, Three Men and a Baby, Sullivan & Son, One Life to Live (Emmy nomination), Saturday Night Live, Rachel Gunn, R.N. and The Wolf of Wall Street to name a few. Ebersole Czech film experience involved working with Milos Forman in his multi Oscar winning Amadeus where she played the role of Katerina Cavalieri. She continues to be a strong presence on Broadway and off-Broadway and received another Tony Award nomination for her role as Elizabeth Arden in War Paint opposite Patti LaPone in 2017.


Vit Horejs is a puppeteer, playwright, and director of the Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre based in New York City. He arrived in NYC in February 1979, sponsored by the American Fund for Czechoslovak Refugees. He joined the Czech-American black light theater company Divadlo Ta Fantastika and in the mid 1980s started the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre. He had unearthed puppets in the attic of New York City’s Jan Hus Presbyterian Church that were used to create adaptions of traditional Czech fairytales. Madeleine Albright gave Horejs her childhood toy puppet theater which quickly made an appearance in his show: The New World Symphony: Dvorak in America at LaMaMa Theater in NYC. This same marionette theater will make an appearance at the Gala event in her honor.


The Czech restaurant Bohemian Spirit will add to the authentic Czech and Slovak ambiance of the evening. 


Proceeds benefit the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation.



6:00 p.m. Cocktails
7:00 p.m. Dinner
8:00 p.m. Ceremony and Entertainment



Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Street, Grand Ballroom

New York, NY 10021


Please contact Pavla Niklova for more information and to reserve your seat/table at 212-988-1733 or info@vhlf.org.

Tickets can be purchased also online at eventbrite.com


This event is organized by Vaclav Havel Library Foundation and BBLA. 

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