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The Experts Visiting

Rehearsal For Truth Theater Festival / play (Slovakia) 30 September, 2017 - 8:00 PM

[Bohemian National Hall]


The play The Experts Visiting (Navsteva expertov) written by Egon Bondy - one of the most outstanding Czechoslovak underground personalities - is based on his personal experience from the environment of the secret services. The creators concentrate on suggestive acting bringing the audience into physical contact with a harsh reality. They are asking questions about the borderlines of human “normality,” the desire to manipulate human freedom and the limitations that we are willing to surpass for a certain price. 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.

Presented by Studio 12. Text by Egon Bondy. Directed by Ingrid Timkova. Robert Roth as Colonel, Daniel Fischer as Lieutenant, Lukas Pelc and Marta Matova as Experts. >> See the trailer.


The show will be performed in Slovak with English subtitles. Please note the show contains explicit language. A talk-back after the show with the performers and creators, introduced by Zuzana Ulicianska, Theatre Institute in Bratislava.


Afterparty reception at Bohemian National Hall Ballroom Bar.


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


8:00 - 10:00 PM. Free and open to the public. Seats are limited, on first come, first served basis. Reserve your seat online at eventbrite.


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. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from 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