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Spring Weekend: I Hope I Wouldn’t Meet Myself Today

theater (Romania), talkback, afterparty 11 May, 2019 - 8:00 PM

[Bohemian National Hall]


Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival’s Spring Weekend presents I Hope I Wouldn’t Meet Myself Today, a play based on the Nobel-laureate Herta Muller’s grim novel with the same title about life in the oppressive years of communist Romania. It depicts the insidious terror, moral decay and personal redemption through the destiny of a young woman torn apart by the painful failure of an unhappy marriage, the humiliations of everyday life in a dictatorship and the harassments of which she is subjected by the feared Securitate. Unfolding as a long, tormented monologue by the heroine herself, the performance celebrates the inner strength and courage of an ordinary woman who refuses to surrender her dignity and hope in the most difficult circumstances.


Hoped I Wouldn’t Meet Myself Today by Herta Muller, Nobel Prize recipient, translated and directed by Simona Maicanescu. Full Production, Romania.


Herta Muller is recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature. The performance Hoped I Wouldn’t Meet Myself Today is a dramatization of her book which was translated into English with the title The Appointment. Muller read German and Romanian literature at Timisoara University in Romania. In 1976, she began working as a translator for an engineering company, but in 1979 was dismissed for her refusal to cooperate with the Securitate, the Communist regime’s secret police. Her first book was published in Romania (in German) in 1982, and appeared only in a censored version. In 1987, Muller left for Germany with her husband, novelist Richard Wagner. In 1995, she was awarded membership to the German Academy for Writing and Poetry. 


Simona Maicanescu is an actress who has performed in diverse rolls, including Viola in Twelfth Night and Solange in The Maids. She has worked in both Romania and France under directors Sanda Manu, Catalina Buzoianu, Silviu Purcarete, Lucian Pintilie, Andrei Serban, Tompa Gabor, and Sandu Dabija. She has recently branched out into new realms as both playwright and translator with her adaptation of Herta Muller’s book I Hope I wouldn’t Meet Myself Today. She received Master’s degree from the Bucharest Academy of Arts.



Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10021


Free and open to the public. Space is limited, on first come, first served basis. RSVP online at Eventbrite.


Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival’s Spring Weekend is a showcase of emerging Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, and Slovak playwrights whose work reflects on current social and political issues. The plays have been translated into English and feature local New York performers and directors who will have the opportunity to try out these works onstage as part of the European Month of Culture. The program includes a full Romanian production as well.


Spring Weekend is organized by the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation (VHLF) and Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA), in collaboration with Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, Consulate General of the Slovak Republic in New York, the Polish Cultural Institute, the Romanian Cultural Institute, and Untitled Theater Company #61. The cultural institutions of these five countries collaborate with VHLF to select the plays as well as arrange trips for some of the chosen playwrights to New York City to participate in the rehearsals, stage reading performances, and discussions with the audience after the shows.


The program 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