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Sep 25, 2018 7:30 PM

Night Before the Funeral

Night Before the Funeral is one of four performances in original languages with English supertitles which are presented within the Central European contemporary theater festival Rehearsal for Truth. Organized in collaboration with BBLA and VHLF.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018
7:30 PM
Bohemian National Hall - 4th Floor


Presented by Untitled Theater Company No. 61 and Svanda Theatre
Script by Natalie Kocab

Translated by Alex Zucker
Directed by Edward Einhorn

Cast: Michael Bertolini, Tad D'Agostino, Timur Kocak, Ann Moller, Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld, Sandy York

Night Before the Funeral is a new Czech play, originally produced in 2017 by the Svanda Theatre in Prague under the direction of Daniel Hrbek. A death in the family brings everybody home, but a brief peace is broken by family squabbles, politics, and life crises. The mother's new Iranian boyfriend and a spectacular public breakdown just increase the tensions. An examination of life, in all its complexity, in the modern Czech Republic.

Untitled Theater Company #61 is a Theater of Ideas: scientific, political, philosophical, and above all theatrical. Their shows mix tragedy and comedy in a manner inspired by classic absurdism, while often incorporating music, technology, and physical theater. Early defining events include their Havel Festival and Ionesco Festival, in which they produced their full works (with the participation and attendance of President Havel and with Ionesco’s daughter, Marie-France, respectively). They now produce only original work, their responses to the absurd and terrifying moments of their history are a continuing inspiration as they try to navigate a contemporary response to our time.

Svanda Theatre is one of the oldest drama theatres in Prague. It's focused on contemporary plays and also on the bold adaptation of classics. Besides its own repertoire Svanda Theatre also offers a wide range of supporting events such as concerts, talk shows, independent theatre group productions, stage readings and also the best of Czech regional theatre work. The theatre also produces public workshops and productions for children, which per year comes to more than 450 events. The politician Vaclav Havel, musician Lou Reed, writer Robert Fulghum, singer Suzanne Vega, actress Annie Girardot, actor Dennis Lavant, photographer Oliviero Toscani, cameraman Miroslav Ondricek, costume designer Theodor Pistek and artist Klaus Voorman have appeared as guests of Svanda Theatre in recent years. Almost all productions of Svanda Theatre are accompanied by English subtitles. Svanda Theatre has been succesfully represented at theatrical festivals in USA, Great Britain, Russia, Belarus, Hungary, Poland or Slovakia. It was also awarded the prestigious Alfred Radok´ award for its dramaturgy.




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Sep 25, 2018 7:30 PM


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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