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Oct 4, 2019 7:30 PM

Theater: Audience

Audience is a theater play written by Václav Havel in the 1970's that is still relevant today. The performance is a part of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. Directed by: Jakub Špalek. Cast: Jan Potměšil, Jakub Špalek. Presented by: Kaspar Theatre in Celetná, Czech Center New York. Duration: 45 min

7:30 PM, in the Ballroom


The 2019 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival is organized by the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation (VHLF) and Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA), in partnership with Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Slovak and Romanian performing arts organizations and cultural institutes. 

Audience centers on a meeting between brewery manager Sladek and employee Vanek. While the manager is clearly opening too many beers and inducing binge drinking, it is less clear what he wants from Vanek. Audience (1975) is the first of Vaclav Havel’s partly autobiographical one-act plays known as the “Vanek Trilogy” (followed by Protest (1978) and Mistake (1983)) based on his experience of being subject to forced work while under constant harassment from the Communist regime. Since the plays were banned in then-Czechoslovakia, they were performed in people’s living rooms and even recorded on vinyl.

The show will be performed in Czech with English supertitles. Talkback after the show will be with director/actor Jakub Spalek and actor Jan Potmesil, afterparty reception will take place at Bohemian National Hall’s Ballroom Bar.

Audience will also be featured at Davis Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., on October 2 and at Chopin Theatre in Chicago on October 6. 


The 2019 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival explores the disappearance of borders between truth and lies. The festival consists of five international performances—three full plays, one dance performance and a behind-the-scene presentation—along with four special events. In total, the activities offer a notable occasion for adventure of the mind and conduits for shared encounters.

Divadelní festival Rehearsal for Truth se zabývá rozostřením hranic mezi pravdou a lží. Skládá se z pěti mezinárodních představení - uvádí 3 celé hry, jedno taneční představení a prezentace událostí ze zákulisí - společně se čtyřmi speciálními událostmi.

The festival examines different nuances of truth through its third edition, “The Travesty of Truth.” Conceived under the direction of Pavla Niklova, the 2019 Rehearsal for Truth program encourages participants to enter a dialogue on pressing matters that pervade our post-truth era.

“The time when boundary is blurred between truth and lie, theater holds the power to re-establish relationships between participants through a common engagement and common experience of truth,” states Niklova, Director of the Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival.

For more information visit their website.



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


Oct 4, 2019 7:30 PM


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