Presented by Alliance for New Music-Theatre
Thursday, May 11 at 8pm
Friday, May 12 at noon and 8pm
Saturday, May 13 at 3pm and 8pm
Monday, May 15 at noon
Tuesday, May 16 at 8pm
Wenesday, May 17 at 8pm
Thursday, May 18 at noon and 8pm
Friday, May 19 at noon and 8pm
Saturday, May 20 at 3pm and 8pm
Sunday, May 21 at 3pm
Alliance for New Music-Theatre is going underground – literally. Starting May 10, Alliance, in co-production with Dupont Underground and its new performance space, will present a work whose origins were also “underground.”
As part of Václav Havel’s 80th anniversary year, Alliance for New Music-Theatre and Dupont Underground join to present a “Vanek” play – Protest – by the playwright, activist, political prisoner, and president of the former Czechoslovakia and then the Czech Republic, Václav Havel.
The production is designed to acknowledge the courage and the camaraderie that conjoined in the original stagings, called “apartment performances.” Havel and other publicly banned artists forced to go underground with their work used this radical solution to share their works with audiences via private living room performances.
In Protest, Vanek pays a visit to the lavish home of a former colleague, Stanek, who has invited the renowned activist to help him secure the release of a jailed radical musician, fiancée to his daughter. Van?k also has a favor to request, getting the influential man’s signature in a far-reaching protest, and the play exposes the power of a society that spies on its citizens and the thin line between acquiescence and culpability and between absurdist comedy and creepy terror.
Note – Looking for a more interesting break from work? In addition to its regular run times, Protest has some weekday noontime performances.
Following this debut production at Dupont Undergound, the Alliance will bring Protest to the prestigious Prague Fringe Festival in late May.
by Vaclav Havel
Directed by Susan Galbraith