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Nov 16, 2018 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM


A night of celebration throughout the Bohemian National Hall for the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution on November 17, 1989. The Velvet Revolution marked the end of Communism in Czechoslovakia after student protestors packed the streets of Prague, forcing the Communist government to relinquish power. In collaboration with Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York.

NOVEMBER 16, 2018

Exhibition: Do Not Litter, Do Not Feed Birds and Do Not Push the Help Button (Yet).

Exhibition opening: November 16, 7PM
CCNY Gallery & Cinema


Curated by Charlotta Kotik

Kintera showcases his interpratation of NYC’s layers, relating Manhattan to an Ant Colony, decoding and transmuting his understandings into wall drawings. His movie called Hands Tools of Brain is about mass conversion into art piece. Videoprojection POSTNATURALIA will be presented in our gallery for the first time.

On view November 16 - Dcember 6, 2018

Krištof Kintera (born 1973) is one of the most successful and celebrated Czech artists of the youngest generation. His oeuvre is characteristic of a certain doubt concerning the possibilities and role of the arts. He creates sculptures and installations by combining or altering ordinary objects in unusual ways and brings to life very complex installations. Kintera explores the current social issues with sophisticated electromechanical and kinetic-acoustic objects, video, drawing and installation. 


3rd Floor, BBLA Room 

Followed by staged reading: ILLEGAL HELPERS
3rd Floor, BBLA Room


This panel discussion will explore the role of audio drama in documenting and dissecting political events, the experience of bringing history to life through sound, and the challenges and pleasures of reaching new audiences. Moderator Jen Zoble, a Play for Voices producer and director, will speak with artists affiliated with three PfV productions that explore the legacy of 1989. Audio excerpts from each production will complement the discussion.

We’re excited to welcome from Prague featured guests Tereza Semotamová and Barbora Růžičková, the author and translator of Please Enter Destination. They’ll be joined on the panel by Carol Monda, an actor featured in Please Enter Destination and It’s Cold and It’s Getting So Dark; Elena Mancini, the translator of It’s Cold and It’s Getting So Dark; Jocelyn Kuritsky, an actor featured in both It’s Cold and It’s Getting So Dark and I Regret Nothing; and Matt Fidler, a Play for Voices producer who designed the sound for I Regret Nothing.


Staged Reading: ILLEGAL HELPERS 

November 16th at 8:30PM
3rd Floor - BBLA Room                                             

Following the panel at 8:30pm, we’ll present a staged reading of Illegal Helpers, a German play by Maxi Obexer, in Neil Blackadder’s English translation. This innovative and timely piece of audio drama explores the current refugee crisis in Europe through the eyes of average citizens, drawing upon interviews with Swiss and Austrian residents from all walks of life—doctors, judges, social workers, activists, and students—who have taken it upon themselves to help refugees, even when that means breaking the law. The stories of the helpers are periodically interrupted by the voice of an impersonal “legislator,” who reads out official statutes regulating the movement and treatment of refugees. Through this juxtaposition, the play questions the justness of a society that criminalizes humanitarian actions. Play for Voices co-producer Katrin Redfern will direct this reading as a live recording, to be released as an episode later in November.

Illegal Helpers will be performed by: JJ Condon, Roberto De Felice, Guenevere Donohue, Mariam Habib, Asta Hansen, Wayne Maugans, Joe Primavera, Francisco Solorzano, Harold Tarr, Pauline Walsh.

Maxi Obexer / Author
Maxi Obexer writes drama, prose, and radio plays, and has made a name for herself in particular with political plays and essays, focusing in recent years on the refugee crisis. Her most widely produced play is Das Geisterschiff ("The Ghost Ship"), which deals with would-be immigrants crossing the Mediterranean. In 2011, Obexer published her first novel, Wenn gefährliche Hunde lachen ("When Dangerous Dogs Laugh") to critical acclaim. Obexer’s plays have been produced in many cities, including Basel, Jena, Freiburg, and Stuttgart, and she has held residencies at the Literarisches Colloquium in Berlin and the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Obexer lives in Berlin and South Tyrol. 

Neil Blackadder / Translator
Neil Blackadder translates drama and prose from German and French, specializing in contemporary theatre. His translations of plays by Lukas Bärfuss and Ewald Palmetshofer have been produced in London, New York, Chicago, and elsewhere, and he has received grants from the Howard Foundation and PEN, and held residencies at the Banff Centre and Art Omi. He is a professor of theatre at Knox College. His translation of Ferdinand Schmalz’s Dosenfleisch (“Canned Meat”) will be presented in a staged reading at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York on December 6, 2018.

Katrin Redfern / Director
Katrin Redfern is a multimedia producer, writer, and journalist who reports on human rights and conservation. She has written for the BBC, The Daily BeastThe IndypendentHuffington Post, and The Phnom Penh Post, among others. She produces film (two Sundance Festival Official Selections), theater (five Tony Award nominations), radio, and podcasts, from science news to audio drama. Katrin is also a longtime activist focusing on labor issues and a Human Rights Commissioner for the city of Newburgh, NY. Katrin holds a BA from the Institute for Social Ecology, an MA from the University of Sussex, and an MSc from the London School of Economics. She is a co-producer of Play for Voices

Play for Voices would like to thank the Czech Literary Centre, a section of the Moravian Library for supporting Freedom and Movement. 

Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to showtime. Empty seats will be released to standby patrons after that time.


Staged reading: WAITING FOR FATHER

3rd Floor, BBLA Library

Written by: Zuzana Justman
Directed by: Eleanor Reissa

The play by Zuzana Justman tells the story of Helena, a young woman who cannot accept the fact that her father died in Auschwitz. It is set in the Terezin ghetto in 1944 and at Vassar College and in New York City in 1954.

The idealistic, headstrong Helena struggles to make peace with her difficult mother, plans to search for her father and is torn between two men. The play contrasts her life in Terezin with her "idyllic" existence at Vassar. She tries to live in the present and enjoys going to parties and nightclubs in Greenwich Village with Gordon, an ambitious, English filmmaker. Though being truthful is most important to Helena, she cannot bring herself to tell Gordon about her past. She is also drawn to Peter, a charismatic emigre whom she knew in Terezin. She ultimately chooses one of them. Each of the characters who were imprisoned in Terezin, Helena, her mother and Peter, deals with the past in a different way.

The story is partly based on the life of Zuzana Justman.

Dominic Comperatore
Betsy Howie
Mimi Lieber
Patricial Noonan
Lee Aaron Rosen
Beatrice Tulchin
Robert Zukerman

Stage manager: Kristi Hess

Zuzana Justman / Writer

Zuzana Justman is a director, writer and producer of documentaries. Her critically acclaimed film A Trial in Prague played in New York City at the Quad Cinema. Her documentaries include two films about Terezin: Terezin Diary which was screened at the Village East Cinema and the Emmy Award-winning Voices of the Children which was shown on PBS. All of her films were broadcast internationally. She translated and produced the play The Unlucky Man in the Yellow Cap by her brother, the Czech writer J. R. Pick, for the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival. Zuzana Justman was born in Prague, spent two years in Terezin as a child and graduated from Vassar College.

Eleanor Reissa / Director
Eleanor Reissa is an actor, director, playwright, and singer – in English and in Yiddish.  On Broadway she was in Paula Vogel’s INDECENT and starred/directed Sholem Asch’s GOD OF VENGEANCE in Yiddish at La Mama. Eleanor received a Tony nomination for directing THOSE WERE THE DAYS, which she also choreographed/performed in. An anthology of her plays, THE LAST SURVIVOR AND OTHER MODERN JEWISH PLAYS, was just published and she is currently writing a Yiddish translation of Paddy Chayevsky’s THE TENTH MAN for the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.  She has acted and directed on Broadway and off. Most recently she played Dr. Gorgeous in Wendy Wasserstein’s THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG.  Eleanor is one of the world’s most renown interpreters of Yiddish music and has sung in every major venue in NYC. This summer she was invited to sing with Frank London at both the Krakow Festival in Poland and the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto as well as in Berlin, Vienna and Paris. In the spring of 2019 she will be performing a new Kurt Weill in New York program in Dessau Germany for the Kurt Weill Festival. In April of 2019 she is directing and performing in From Shtetl to Stage at Carnegie Hall.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to showtime. Empty seats will be released to standby patrons after that time.

Dance performance: Contour
4th Floor, Ballroom


Choreographed by Jiří Bartovanec and performed by National Theatre Brno; full of beautiful movements and dancers who put their hearts into the performance.

The production is the author’s commentary on the marginal events that have influenced the direction of society. The performance is the contour of the present, where freedom means to overcome our own fears, express our desire to exist and in accordance with everything that determines and surrounds us. We consider freedom as a complex, conscientiously powerful, equally well-grounded and intuitive form of dealing with the present.

Jiří Bartovanec
He was born in 1983 in the Czech Republic. After the studies at the Duncan Centre Dance Conservatory in Prague, he went to Berlin where he worked with Farhad Payer and Yasmine Kalif on a theatrical production Jack and Harun and with Toula Limnaios on a theatrical performance Irrsinn. He also worked with Jochen Roller (Mindgarden), William Forsyth (Human Writes) and Jiří Havelka and Tiger Lilies (Here I Am a Human). Since 2003 he has been working with Sasha Waltz and he became a permanent member of the Sasha Waltz & Guests. His first solo When My Mind Is Rocking, I Know It´s 7 had premiere in April 2008. The solo was followed by many other performances in Europe and Africa. In 2014, his choreography Globe was nominated for the Czech Dance Platform. His last works are solo performances Entropy (2015) and Razzle Dazzle (2017). His production is Luther, Dancing with the Gods (2017) was directed by Robert Wilson. In the last few years, he has collaborated with National Theatre Brno on several productions such as Opening of Wells of Alfréd Radok directed by J. A. PitínskýOdyssea by Julia Wissert and Contour in his own direction.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to showtime. Empty seats will be released to standby patrons after that time. 

The Velvet Revolution Party
November 17th, 7PM
Venue: The VNYL-Vintage New York Lifestyle
100 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

The Velvet Revolution Party is back!

This signature event is jointly organized by the Plus421 Foundation, Consulate General of the Slovak Republic in New York, and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York. This year's Velvet Revolution Party will be hosted on November 17, 2018 at the popular New York's night club spot, the VNYL.

The event is to commemorate the triumph of democracy in 1989, in former Czechoslovakia, while celebrating 100 years of Czechoslovakia. We are proud to present the Czech and Slovak culture to the New York community.

The cultural program will feature talented Czech and Slovak artists - singers Pavlína Horaková and Vlado Kolenic of "Taktici". DJ Eitan Noyze, a Newyorker with a Slovak heritage, will entertain the crowd till the late hours.

Proceeds from the event will fund programs for young talents and aspiring artists to present their work in NYC.



Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


Nov 16, 2018 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM


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