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The 2018 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival

theater, talks, afterparties 25 September, 2018 - 30 September, 2018

[Bohemian National Hall]

 

The 2018 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival, the Central European contemporary theater honoring Vaclav Havel, presents four performances in the original languages with English supertitles, followed by talk-backs with the artists and after parties hosted by the countries' cultural institutes and consulates general in New York City. The program also includes two stage readings and a panel discussion, the Disturbing the Peace award to a courageous writer at risk and a gala event to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia where The Honorable Madeleine Albright will be the evening’s most esteemed honoree. 

 

“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.”

 

Artistic Director of the Festival, Pavla Niklova, explains her vision: “While paying homage to Vaclav Havel’s legacy as a playwright, dissident, and political thinker, the selected performances will address current political and social trends in Central Europe and offer New York audiences a rare opportunity to experience the artistic and cultural atmosphere of the region.”

 

PROGRAM

 

Tuesday, September 25, 7:30 PM

Night Before the Funeral (Pohreb az zitra) / Czech/USA

>> Free and open to the public

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Wednesday, September 26, 5:00 PM

Power of the Powerless in China

>> Free and open to the public

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Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 PM

Protest / Debt / Czech Republic

>> Free and open to the public

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Thursday, September 27, 1:30 - 3:00 PM

Havel Bust Dedication at Columbia University

Madeleine K. Albright: Global Challenges of Today and Commemorating Vaclav Havel - an address by Former United States Secretary of State, The Honorable Madeleine Albright

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Thursday, September 27, 6:00 PM

Reality Czech, A gala celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, honoring Madeleine Albright. Disturbing the Peace award to a courageous writer at risk. 

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Friday, September 28, 6:00 PM

Pankrac 45 / USA

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Friday, September 28, 8:00 PM

Eve of Retirement (Pred odchodom na odpocinok) / Slovakia

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

 

Saturday, September 29, 12:00 PM

SCALE 1:5 / Hungary

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Saturday, September 29, 3:00 PM

SCALE 1:5 / Hungary

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Saturday, September 29, 7:30 PM

Cezary Goes to War (Cezary idzie na wojne) / Poland

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Rehearsal for Truth is accompanied by two exhibitions: "Czech and Slovak New York, 1848-2018" organized by BBLA and "August 21, 1968" organized by Czech Center New York. 

 

venue

Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Street 

New York, NY 10021

 

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>> Check the last year's edition of Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival. 

 

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.  


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