Rehearsal for Truth Festival Program Announced

Under the auspices of Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, and Daniel Herman, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, Rehearsal for Truth is a unique festival presenting the best in Central European theater.

The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation (VHLF) and Bohemian Benevolent & Literary Association (BBLA) will partner with Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak performing arts institutions to highlight Havel’s legacy as a playwright.

Festival Program

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, Bohemian National Hall

 5 pm: Panel Discussion I: Theatre and the Political: Dramaturgy, Ideology, and Injustice

How are the potentialities of theatre conceived to fulfill an ideological design, how is ideology transmitted as theatre to shape material and symbolic forms of experience? The panel is framed by these and similar questions, asking how theatre re/imagines the contemporary world as a space of human and nonhuman interdependencies, refiguring local and global sensibilities and relations, and particularly rendering visible the marginalized, the silenced, the unjust.

Moderated by:
Hana Worthen, Assistant Professor, Theatre and Performance Studies, Barnard College, Columbia University

  • Martina Pecková Černá, Head of International Cooperation Department, Arts and Theatre Institute in Prague
  • Zuzana Uličianska, Public Relations Department, Theatre Institute in Bratislava, playwright, journalist
  • Thomas Kriegsmann, President, ArKtype, New York

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6:30 pm: Panel Discussion II: No Strings Attached? Pros and Cons of Private and Government Support for the Arts

Moderated by:
Frank Hentschker, Executive Director at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at the CUNY Graduate Center


  • Attila Szabó, Deputy Director, Hungarian Theatre and Institute
  • Agata Adamiecka-Sitek, Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute, writer, researcher
  • Tea Alagić, Head of the MFA Directing Department at The New School for Drama

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8 pm: Budapest, Hungary

dollardaddy’s Presents:

Directed by Tamás Ördög
Krisztina Urbanovits as Elise
Máté Dezső Georgita as Fredrik
Emőke Kiss-Végh as Gerda
Tamás Ördög as Axel

The show will be performed in Hungarian with English subtitles
Talk back after the show introduced by Attila Szabó

Afterparty reception at BNH Ballroom Bar
Please note the production contains partial nudity.

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6:30 pm:        Patron Reception for VIP guests and artists, Bohemian Spirit Restaurant

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8 pm:              Disturbing the Peace – Award for a Courageous Writer at Risk presented by Ian Buruma

8:15 pm:        Prague, Czech Republic

Theatre on the Balustrade presents:


Directed by: Jan Mikulášek
Václav Vašák as Jiří Voskovec
Jiří Vyorálek as Jan Werich
Anežka Kubátová as Zdenička

Talk back after the show introduced by Jan Mikulášek, Petr Štědroň, and Dora Viceníková
The show will be performed in Czech with English subtitles
Afterparty reception at BNH Ballroom Bar

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8 pm:             Bratislava, Slovakia

                       Studio 12 presents:


Text by: Egon Bondy
Directed by: Ingrid Timková
Robert Roth as Colonel
Daniel Fischer as Lieutenant
Lukáš Pelč and Marta Maťová as Experts

Talk back after the show introduced by Zuzana Uličianska
The show will be performed in Slovak with English subtitles

Afterparty reception at BNH Ballroom Bar
Please note the show contains explicit language.

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7 pm:             Gdańsk, Poland

                       The Dada von Bzdülöw Theatre presents:


Choreography and performance by: Katarzyna Chmielewska, Katarzyna Ustowska, Leszek Bzdyl, and Piotr Stanek

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The show will be performed in Polish with English subtitles

Talk back after the show introduced by Anna Galas-Kosil
Afterparty reception at BNH Ballroom Bar

3rd floor
September 27 – October 1, 2017

A continuous preview screening of interviews with US politicians, activists, and artists at BNH Cinema.
September 27 – October 1, 10 am – 10 pm, BNH Cinema

For more information, contact:
Pavla Niklova, Executive Director Vaclav Havel Library Foundation,

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