Theatre and the Political: Dramaturgy, Ideology, and Injustice

Rehearsal For Truth Theater Festival / panel discussion

September 27, 2017 , 5:00 - 6:30 PM

[3rd Floor]

Panel discussion moderated by Hana Worthen, Assistant Professor, Theatre and Performance Studies, Barnard College, Columbia University. How are the potentialities of theater conceived to fulfill an ideological design, how is ideology transmitted as theater to shape material and symbolic forms of experience? The panel is framed by these and similar questions, asking how theater re/imagines the contemporary world as a space of human and nonhuman interdependencies, refiguring local and global sensibilities and relations, and particularly rendering visible the marginalized, the silenced, the unjust. 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.


  • Martina Peckova Cerna, Head of International Cooperation Department, Arts and Theatre Institute in Prague,
  • Zuzana Ulicianska, playwright, journalist, Public Relations Department, Theatre Institute in Bratislav
  • Thomas Kriegsmann, President, ArKtype, New York

Rehearsal for Truth is organized by Vaclav Havel Library Foundation and BBLA, in partnership with Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak performing arts institutions 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.

Free and open to the public. Seats are limited, on first come, first served basis. Reserve your seat online at eventbrite. For more information, please visit

Organized by: VHLF, BBLA