The Travesty of Truth, In the 2019 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival
Experience engaging contemporary performances from Central Europe addressing political circumstances and social trends, at Manhattan's Bohemian National Hall
By: Vaclav Havel Library Foundation
The 2019 Rehearsal for Truth program, based on the concept of "The Travesty of Truth," encourages participants to enter a dialogue on pressing matters that pervade our post-truth era.
"The time when boundary is blurred between truth and lie, theater holds the power to re-establish relationships between participants through a common engagement and common experience of truth," states Pavla Niklova, Director of the Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival.
While some scheduled shows consider the matters of historical memory, cultural traditions or manipulation of facts (Truth (Poland), Audience (Czech Republic), Hungarian Acacia (Hungary)), others delve into the more intimate realm by raising questions of privacy and personal boundaries in relationships (Watch Now (Slovakia), Woman Alone (Romania)).
VHLF and BBLA have partnered with Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak and Romanian performing arts and cultural institutions to host the 2019 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival—a showcase of exemplars from contemporary European theater. While paying homage to Vaclav Havel's legacy as a playwright, dissident and political thinker, the selected performances address current sociopolitical trends in Central Europe, offering New York audiences a unique opportunity to witness the region's theatrical zeitgeist. The program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
The 2019 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival takes places at the historic Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73rd Street. All shows are featured in their original languages with English supertitles. Each is followed by a talkback with the performers along with an afterparty. Special events include a month-long exhibition showcasing Vaclav Havel's playwright trajectory, a live virtuoso performance by orchestra Gypsy Devils and a vibrant panel discussion. The 2019 Gala celebrates the 30th anniversary of the 1989 Velvet Revolution that brought freedom to Central and Eastern European countries. It honors Ambassador Craig Stapleton and Mrs. Dorothy Stapletonand presents the Disturbing the Peace Award to a Courageous Writer at Risk.
All Rehearsal for Truth productions are free to the public except the Gala. Online registration through Eventbrite is required: www.rehearsalfortruth.eventbrite.com.
Full program: https://www.vhlf.org/