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Hosts for the 2018 Reality Czech Gala Announced

BBLA Press Room 24 July, 2018

We are pleased to introduce the esteemed hosts for the 2018 Reality Czech Gala evening—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 ObieShe is a celebrated film and television actress starring in memorable productions like TootsieMac and MeThree Men and a BabySullivan & SonOne Life to Live (Emmy nomination), Saturday Night LiveRachel GunnR.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.



At the 2018 Reality Czech Gala, there will be also short excerpts from shows performed by Czech, Slovak, Hungarian and Polish theater companies, which are coming to New York to perform in the second annual Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival in September. The evening will feature music by the renowned Czech singer Iva Bittova and the Slovak dulcimer band Pajtasi. The Czech restaurant Bohemian Spirit will add to the authentic Czech and Slovak ambiance of the evening.


The Gala evening, organized by BBLA and Vaclav Havel Library Foundation, will take place on September 27 at Bohemian National Hall to commemorate one hundred years of Czech and Slovak independence and to benefit the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation. The Honorable Madeleine Albright will be the evening’s most esteemed honoree.



>> Learn more about the 2018 Reality Czech Gala and purchase your ticket

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