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American Mini-Tour of the Kašpar Theater Company

Kašpar Theater Company is going to present Václav Havel's play Audience with Jan Potměšil and Tomáš Karger in the roles of Vaněk and sládek. The three performances of Audience will occur in Washington, D.C., New York, and Chicago. The performances are part of the celebrations of the 30th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

Audience will be performed in Czech with English surtitles on October 2 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., October 4 at the Bohemian National Hall in New York as part of the festival Rehearsal for Truth on the eve of Václav Havel’s birthday, and October 6 at the Chopin Theater in Chicago. There will be a Q&A with the actors following each performance. The Kašpar Theater Company has been invited to the USA by Czech Center New York, the Václav Havel Library Foundation, the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C., the Consulates General of the Czech Republic in New York and Chicago, as well as Czech compatriots living in Chicago.

The Czech Center New York director, Miroslav Konvalina, appreciates the fact that the ensemble is embarking on such an intensive tour: “Jan Potměšil is inextricably connected to the goings-on of the Velvet Revolution, being a symbol of the perseverance of the entire nation to resist and utilize all efforts to change our country into a democracy. Of course, Jakub Špalek’s Audience is not the first production American audiences have had a chance to see in the past years, but actors infuse their performance with an unforgettable drive, genuineness, and urgency that strongly resonate in today’s world.”

 

Audience premiered in March 2001 at Celetná Theater as part of a larger project, Na Havla!, when Václav Havel was still the president of the Czech Republic. Since 2013, it has been performed in the studio space of the Kašpar Theater Company -- first as part of the Apartment Theater of Ferdinand Vaněk, later in the Clubhouse, with Jakub Špalek's directing.