“Can this nation be the same one that until recently behaved so magnificently?” wrote Václav Havel, in 1978, in Czechoslovakia. That unnaturally relevant line is spoken by a character in his play Protest, currently being performed by the Alliance for New Music-Theatre. That is only one of many, many lines that will prove shockingly familiar […]
Audiences for Václav Havel’s Protest will be seeing it underground less than a mile from the White House in a performance space virtually unknown to theatregoers until this week. They will leave the bustle of Dupont Circle, and descend into the formerly abandoned trolley station that is Dupont Underground, entrance at 1500 19th Street NW, […]
On Labor Day weekend, Kennedy Center plaza level entry was pandemonium, noisy with skate boarders, who zigzagged and snaked in and out of a recessed pit and across a cordoned-off area. The skateboarders’ passion connected us to the 14th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival, a rich offering of short free trailers, script readings and open rehearsals of […]
The Smithsonian invited DC Theatre Scene to present the next season to their audience, and as part of that presentation, DCTS Senior Writer Tim Treanor talked about shows he particularly anticipated. Today, we reproduce (more or less) what Tim had to say about experimental plays, operas, and theatre for young audiences.
In 1989, New York reviewers had a field day after the opening of Steven Berkoff’s theatrical version of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, with noted New York Times critic Frank Rich leading the negative charge with his bombastic review of the production.
Everyone’s looking good and having a great time at the 2015 Helen Hayes Awards after party at the Howard Theatre. Photo essay by Ryan Maxwell Photography Recognize anyone? Help us with photo captions. Just right click the image, copy it and paste into an email with the caption. Then email us here. Recognize anyone? Help […]
Nearly every generation and geographical region interprets the plight of the outsider in its own way. The end result is a literary canon of outliers and misfits, counting in their ranks Holden Caulfield, Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, Ralph Ellison’s unnamed narrator, and–perhaps most notably–Gregor Samsa, the traveling salesman who woke one morning in his family home […]
Alliance for New Music-Theatre’s spirited, quirky The Vaclav Havel Project offers delightful commentary on the perennial question of the artist’s role in society. When that artist is former Czech president and Communist-era dissident Vaclav Havel – or a representation of him – the question takes on greater geo-political significance.
Some may know Václav Havel for having been a political dissident, some recognize the name for his years serving the Czech government; but theater lovers associate the man as being one of Europe’s most well regarded playwrights of his time.
Artful. Brilliant. Irreverent. Simple, yet genius. Everything—from the writing to the stage direction and the acting itself—is a marvel to watch in the Alliance for New Music-Theatre’s salute to Vaclav Havel, a poet, playwright, dissident, and former president of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic.