V+W Letters

Rehearsal For Truth Theater Festival / play (Czech Republic)

September 28, 2017 , 8:15-10:30 PM

[4th Floor]

A performance drawn from the correspondence of Jiri Voskovec and Jan Werich, the legendary founders of the Liberated Theatre in Prague, who had to flee fascist Europe and then separated in 1948 after the communist government got into power in Czechoslovakia. 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.

The correspondence of Voskovec and Werich is a strong statement of life by two extraordinarily original and artistically mature personalities as they seek to understand a bipolar world full of iron curtains and cold wars. These letters are priceless evidence of the intellectual and spiritual world of V+W and they are also the top literary work in Jiri Voskovec’s postwar period. “The form of abbreviation, short connections, theatrical allusions, plus the private codes and brilliant stylization, unbelievable addressing and signing” – these are the apt words the critics used to describe the correspondence.

Presented by Theatre on the Balustrade. Directed by Jan Mikulasek. Vaclav Vasak as Jiri Voskovec, Jiri Vyoralek as Jan Werich, Anezka Kubatova as Zdenicka.

The show will be performed in Czech with English subtitles. A talk-back after the show with the performers and creators, introduced by Petr Stedron, Theater Director, and Dora Vicenikova, Artistic Director.

Afterparty reception at BNH Ballroom Bar.

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.

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

Organized by: VHLF, BBLA