Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street, NYC
March 5th - March 28th,
Friday, March 5 at 7pm
Tuesday, March 9th at 7pm
Saturday, March 13th at 7pm
Wednesday, March 17th at 7pm
Thursday, March 18th at 7pm
Friday, March 19th at 7pm
Tuesday, March 23rd at 7pm
Thursday, March 25th at 7pm
Sunday, March 28th at 5pm
Tickets to all shows are $18.00.
Reservations can be made by calling 212-352-3101 or at www.untitledtheater.com
Untitled Theater Company #61 invites you to take a journey to the dark side of a tormented psyche in RUDOLF II, an intimate drama of delusion, science and sexual experimentation. Written by Edward Einhorn and directed by Henry Akona, the play will have its world premiere at the Bohemian National Hall, introducing the newly renovated Czech theater and cultural space, once the home of the Manhattan Theater Club. Performances begin on March 5th at the 321 East 73rd St location. Members of the Press are invited to all performances.
In 1600, Rudolf II, the bisexual and bipolar Austro-Hungarian Emperor, is obsessed with alchemy and astronomy; as well as his longtime mistress and his newest lover and valet, a converted Jew. His enthusiasms establish Prague as a center of artistic, scientific, and sexual investigation. As he notes with pride, "I have something more than soldiers. I have knowledge." However, his underfunded army, combined with his constant mood swings and paranoia, threatens to destroy everything he's tried to build.
Set completely in Rudolf's bedroom, the increasingly reclusive Emperor confines himself in a suffocating atmosphere filled with court intrigue. Rudolf’s court was literally the stuff of legend, providing the basis for Goethe's Faust and the original Golem. The play features several historical figures, including astronomer Tycho Brahe; Elizabeth Jane Weston, Latin poetess and daughter of the original Faust (Edward Kelley); and the spirit of Libuse, the prophetess who founded Prague.
The cast of RUDOLF II features Adriana Disman, Joe Gately*, Eric Oleson, Shelley Ray*, Timothy McCown Reynolds*, Yvonne Roen*, and Jack Schaub. The production is an Equity Showcase.
Edward Einhorn is the Artistic Director of Untitled Theater Company #61. Previous plays include the Off-Broadway production of Fairy Tales of the Absurd, the calypso musical version of Cat's Cradle, and, most recently The Velvet Oratorio, seen at Lincoln Center. He has also curated numerous festivals, including the Vaclav Havel Festival, the NEUROfest, and the Ionesco Festival. He is also the published author of numerous children's books and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Association for Jewish Theatre.
Untitled Theater Company #61 is a Theater of Ideas: scientific, political, philosophical, and above all, theatrical. UTC61 has been collaborating with the Czech theater community since its 2006 Havel Festival, the first ever presentation of Václav Havel's complete work. Since then UTC61 has focused on other Czech subjects, most recently, The Velvet Oratorio, a new piece performed at Lincoln Center in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. Other projects include the calypso musical version of Cat’s Cradle, The Festival of Jewish Theater and Ideas, the NEUROfest, and the Ionesco Festival.
Running through March 28th, RUDOLF II will be performed at the Bohemian National Hall, located at 321 East 73rd Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues). Show times are Friday, March 5th, Tuesday, March 9, Saturday, March 13, Wednesday, March 17, Thursday, March 18th, Saturday, March 19th, Tuesday March 23, Thursday, March 25th and Sunday, March 28th. All show times are at 7pm, except for the performance on Sunday, March 28th, which is at 5pm.
Tickets to all shows are $18.00. Reservations can be made by calling 212-352-3101 or at www.untitledtheater.com <http://www.untiltedtheater.com/> .