The Stand In


April 22, 2017 , 7:00 PM

A recently translated production of the widely popular play The Stand In (Záskok), a humorous piece related to the legendary genius Jára Cimrman who is a cult figure in Czech culture despite the fact that he never existed.

This brilliant comedy, set in 1910, tells the story of a small Czech theatre company that, having lost some members, recruits the renowned Czech actor Karel Infeld Prácheňský as “The Stand-In” for the premiere the new play Vlasta by Jára Cimrman. As Karel is unable to remember his lines, as well as the names of the other characters, and even the play in which he is performing, chaos inevitably ensues. The play is an authentic, hilarious translation of the Czech comedy classic.

The Stand In is the first English language production of this popular, intelligent and witty play.

Actors: Brian Caspe, Adam Stewart, Brian Stewart, Peter Hosking, Curt Matthew, Michael Pitthan.

Translation: Brian Stewart a Emilie Machalová.

Director: Brian Stewart.

Produced by: D.A. ECHO.

Written by Zdeněk Svěrák and Ladislav Smoljak.

Length: 90 minutes

Performed in English with native English-speaking actors.

Free and open to the public. Seats are limited; on first come, first serve basis. For more information and to reserve your seat, visit

Organized by: Czech Center NY