Ambassador Theater Celebrates Vaclav Havel with Mutual Inspirations Festival 2013


In Partnership with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2013 – Vaclav Havel

Ambassador Theater presents 

Antiwords – Preview

Inspired by Vaclav Havel's Audience

 Featuring MiÅ™enka ÄŒechová and JindÅ™iška KÅ™ivánková

Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 8 pm

Sunday September 22, 2013 at 2 pm

FLASHPOINT: Mead Theatre Lab

916 G Street, NW, Washington DC

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Prominent Czech physical theater actress MiÅ™enka ÄŒechová, whose show S/he is Nancy Joe was named the "Best of 2012 in Contemporary Dance" by the Washington Post, returns to Washington with fellow actress JindÅ™iška KÅ™ivánková to preview her new work Antiwords, inspired by Václav Havel's celebrated one-act play Audience, explores the issue of individual integrity, morality and responsibility, employing a collage of visual imagery, poetry, voice, and music to create an impression. Share an unforgettable evening with these remarkable artists from the Czech Republic.

PROTEST

By Vaclav Havel

Directed by Gail Humphries Mardirosian

Featuring Michael Crowley, Ivan Zizek, Sissel Bakken and Hanna Bondarewska

November 19 – December 15, 2013

Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8 PM

Matineess Saturdays and Sundays at 2 PM

FLASHPOINT: Mead Theatre Lab

916 G Street, NW, Washington DC

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In PROTEST, we meet a dissident on return home from prison and a person deeply involved in a campaign to protest against the government by getting people to sign a petition calling for a change in the political system. One character is the protesting artist who suffered for his beliefs, the other a compromising and compromised playwright.
In this unique interpretation, the two male characters of Stanek and Vanek will have counter egos — characters echoed in two females, emphasizing the universality of the characters.
The play was written in the 1978 by acclaimed human rights activist and the first president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, and is an indictment of individuals who refuse to protest corrupt political systems and collude for their own personal advantage.  It is also an investigation of human behavior and an exploration of artistic prowess exerted through circumstances of personal adversity.
Havel challenges us in this play with pertinent questions:  What is the connection between the arts and social responsibility/citizenry?  What choices do we make as individuals when faced with circumstances of extreme volatility—what would we do if we had to make a choice between survival, compromise or revolution?   
How would you act in the midst of these extreme choices?

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These performances are part of HAVEL’S TRILOGY, connected to the “VanÄ›k plays,” as part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2013 – Václav Havel, celebrating the life and legacy of the former president, playwright, and human rights advocate. For more information about the festival, please visit: www.mutualinspirations.org.


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HAVEL’S TRILOGY 

The Embassy of the Czech Republic, in collaboration with the Ambassador Theater, Alliance for New Music-Theatre, and Fort Fringe-The Shop, will feature  HAVEL’S TRILOGY, a series of performances and discussions connected to the “VanÄ›k” plays of Václav Havel as part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2013 – Václav Havel, celebrating the life and legacy of the former president, playwright, and human rights advocate. The series delves into Havel’s theatrical works, presents US and world premieres by Czech and American directors, features original works, gives unique insight into the life of Havel through photographic exhibitions, as well as offers a platform for further exploration into cross-cultural understanding.    

Note: VanÄ›k Plays     
Audience (1975), Unveiling (1975), and Protest (1978) are short one-act plays written by Václav Havel. The three plays have a common character named Ferdinand VanÄ›k, who represents the dramatic alter ego of the playwright himself—Václav Havel.    

Václav Havel 
Václav Havel (1936-2011) was a playwright, essayist, poet, dissident, president, and human rights advocate. In the 1960s, he became a leading playwright working at the Theatre on the Balustrade. Many of his plays show the absurdity of totalitarian rule through dark comedy and thus were banned by the communist regime. His plays served as a stage for his ongoing struggle with the regime, his life experiences, as well as his means of support during hard times. He was also one of the writers of Charter 77, a document that criticized the communist government for failing to implement human rights provisions. He was imprisoned by the regime and constantly under governmental surveillance. After the Velvet Revolution, Havel became the tenth and last President of Czechoslovakia and the first President of the Czech Republic. He received numerous state decorations, honorary doctorates, and international awards, including the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom.