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Jan 22, 2004 12:00 AM - Feb 8, 2004 12:00 AM

Little Pitfall

A Play by Markéta Bláhová. Preview night - January 21.

Little Pitfall (Pastička) by Markéta Bláhová

Directed by Marcy Arlin
Cast: Nilaja Sun, Nannette Deasy, Oscar de la Fe Colon, Mayura Baweja, Adriana Gaviria
Translated by Jiří Topel

January 21 – February 8, 2004
Wed–Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 3 pm

Theater 54
244-250 W.54 th Street (between Broadway
and Eighth Avenue), 12 th Fl., NYC

Tickets $20, $17 for students, seniors, and
friends of the Czech Center (bring an issue
of Ahoy).
Call (347) 512-5572.

Preview night - Wednesday, January 21,
8 pm,  $10.00.

The Immigrants ’ Theater Project (ITP) presents a fully staged production of Little Pitfall by Markéta Bláhová, which was first introduced to New York audiences in 2002 as a part of series of the Staged Readings of Czech Plays in Translation. Founded in 1988 by Artistic Director Marcy Arlin, ITP presents traditional and experimental plays by and about immigrants to the United States. ITP is a 2003 Winner of the Obie Grant for Small Innovative Theater Company. The project is presented in association with the Czech Center New York and supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Theatre Institute in Prague, and the Bohemian Hall in Astoria.


Little Pitfall was written specifically for J.A.Pitínský, one of the most innovative contemporary Czech directors. Originally produced in 1999 at the DISK Theater at Prague ’s Theater Academy, the play was awarded the Alfréd Radok Prize in 1996.  One of only a few Czech women playwrights to have come of age after the so-called Velvet Revolution, Markéta Bláhová writes about dysfunctional families in the new Czech democracy. The rivalries and jealousies of two sisters, their younger selves, their father, and a forest ranger are played out in a mythical Czech forest. This “ballad from the woods ” is inspired by the fairytale “Little Red Riding Hood.” According to one psychoanalytic opinion, the play can be compared to “the scream of a wild cat that has been homeless for a long time.” The author herself calls its style grotesque.

Markéta Bláhová was born in 1970 in Hradec Králové. She studied dramaturgy at DAMU (Prague Theatre Academy) completing a dissertation titled, A Picture of the Family in Today ’s Theater. In 1993 Bláhová became the dramaturge of Činoherní studio in Ústí nad Labem and since then has been the dramaturge-in-residence at the Prague theatres Činoherní klub, Labyrint, and Divadlo pod Palmovkou. Since 2002 she has worked as a dramaturge at Švandovo Divadlo in Prague ’s Smíchov quarter. Together with her schoolmate Michal Lang, she wrote the play Holy Whore (Kurva svatá, 1993). Following Little Pitfall in 1995, she wrote The Fall Game (Podzimní hra) in 1998. In addition to plays, Bláhová has also written fairytales and poetry.

Marcy Arlin is an original member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, a member of the Women ’s Project Directors Forum, the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Professional Directors Company, and is a New Georges Classic Play Roaring Girl. As Artistic Director of the Immigrants ’ Theatre Project (ITP), Marcy has produced over 60 plays and worked with playwrights from over 70 nationalities and ethnicities. ITP produces the American Dreams Play Reading Series every summer at the Tenement Theater and throughout NYC at libraries and community centers.Marcy teaches theater at the City University of New York and Staff Development seminars for the NYC Board of Education.This summer Marcy lectured on Multiculturalism in American Theatre at the Prague Quadrennial.She has conducted workshops for the Antigone Project at the Center for Human Relations at the University of Chicago (her alma mater)on developing theater from immigrant stories,and has lectured on Immigrant Theater at Brown University. She has moderated panels on International Artists for the Vineyard Artists Coalition and Latino Playwrights for the Queens Public Library.


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NY 10021 New York
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From: Jan 22, 2004 12:00 AM
To: Feb 8, 2004 12:00 AM


The Immigrants ’ Theater Project, Czech Center New York

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