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Two Nights With Czech Theater

theater, discussion 09 August, 2018 - 10 August, 2018

[Bohemian National Hall]

Czechs and Slovaks meeting their American counterparts in two days of theater events. Performances by Czech and American artists will be followed by post performance discussions. 



Thursday, August 9, 2018

5:00 pm Marysaa play by Alois and Vilem Mrstik performed by Krupka Cultural Center, Czech Republic (IN CZECH ONLY) >> read more

6:30 pm Amateur Theater in the Czech Republic: Its Past and Present, discussion moderated by Jiri Nemec (NIPOS) with translation into English by Katerina Klementova


Friday, August 10, 2018

5:00 pm Czech & Slovak Fairy Tales with Strings with Vit Horejs and Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre, plays will include Duke Oldrich & Washerwoman Bozena, The True Story; How the Little Cat Kochichka and the Little Dog Pejsek Bake a Birthday Cake >> read more

6:00 pm Theater Around the Corner, Vancouver, Canada, presentation 

6:30 pm Amateur Theater in America: Its Past and Present, discussion moderated by Jiri Nemec (NIPOS) with translation into English by Katerina Klementova 


On the first night, a production of one of the most important 19th century Czech dramas, Mrstik brothers’ Marysa will be performed by an amateur theater troupe from the city of Krupka, Czech Republic, followed by a discussion about the Czech amateur theater movement and an illustrated talk about Czech Amateur Theater Groups and their collection of decorated theater curtains based on a research project in the field of amateur theater done by NIPOS.


On the second night, Czech-American actor and puppeteer Vit Horejs and his century-old marionettes will perform three Czech & Slovak Fairy Tales. This will be followed by a discussion of Czech-Canadian Theater “Around the Corner” concerning the past and the present of Czech amateur theater in the USA and Canada.


The Two Nights with Czech Theater are comprised within a larger research project of NIPOS—Collection and Digitalization of Sources linked with Czech Amateur Theater Movement in the USA. The results of this research into Czech amateur theater and its rootswill be published in the on-line database at www.amaterskedivadlo.cz. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of independent Czechoslovakia, we intend to bridge the gap in research—to present a more complete picture of history and contemporary state of Czech amateur theater in the USA. The organizers would be grateful to establish new contacts with our compatriots abroad and to begin cooperation on all levels, which will hopefully foster the preservation of our common cultural heritage.



Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Street, 4th Floor

New York, NY 10021


Free and open to the public. Seats are limited, on first-come, first-served basis. Please RSVP via email at twonights@nipos.cz.


This event is organized by NIPOS (Czech Republic) with support by BBLA, Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, CSOB and Engeser, s.r.o.

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