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Sep 30, 2010 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

EUROPEAN BOOK CLUB - LEAVING by VÁCLAV HAVEL

Chancellor Rieger is leaving office. But does leaving office necessarily mean that he, his mistress and his extended family have to leave the state villa, which has been their home for years? While his former secretary, and the former secretary to his former secretary, grapple with the mechanics of change and his family prepare to vace an uncertain future, the chancellor himself considers his legacy amid visits from journalists, an infatuated student and his arch-rival and possible successor, Patrick Klein. With echoes of both King Lear and The Cherry Orchard, Vaclav Havel's "Leaving" addresses the themes of change, dispossession and the transfer of power from one generation to the next. The play received its English-language world premiere at the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, in September 2008. "Leaving" is Vaclav Havel's first play since he was propelled to political office in 1989.

EUROPEAN BOOK CLUB

LEAVING by VÁCLAV HAVEL

September 30, 2010 , 7pm, Free

Book reading and discussion.

 

The Book: Leaving, by Václav Havel

 

About the Author

Václav Havel is Writer and Dramatist, one of the first Spokesmen for Charter 77, leading Figure of the Velvet Revolution of 1989, last President of Czechoslovakia, and First President of the Czech Republic.

 

From the age of twenty years, Václav Havel published a number of studies and articles in various literary and theatrical periodicals. His first works were presented at the Divadlo Na zabradli, amongst these was the play “The Garden Party” (1963). It soon became a component of the revivalist tendencies of Czechoslovak society in the 1960

Venue:

321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

Sep 30, 2010 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Organizer:

České centrum


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