Organized by Untitled Theater Company #61, Conuslate General of the Czech Republic in New York and Czech Center New York
Nov 8, 2014 - Jan 13, 2015
The Velvet Oratorio, an original opera/theater piece commemorating the 25th anniversary of The Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia.
Sat Nov 8 at 8pm, Sun Nov 9 at 5pm*
6:30 roundtable follows on Nov 9, the anniversary of the Berlin Wall—co-organized by the Goethe Institut
Fri Dec 12 at 8pm Sat Dec 13 at 8pm
Tue Jan 13 at 8pm Wed Jan 14 at 8pm
Tickets $30. Call 212-352-3101 or visit www.untitledtheater.com
Written by Edward Einhorn
Composed and Directed by Henry Akona
The Velvet Oratorio mixes history, opera, and farce in its evocative retelling of the Velvet Revolution, as seen through the eyes of Václav Havel's signature character, Ferdinand Vaněk.
The piece is organized as a series of alternating scenes and choruses, the chorus representing the crowds in Prague during the events spanning November 17 1989 to January 1, 1990. The text for the oratorio is based partly upon recently released U.S. State Department documents and corresponding Czechoslovakian / Soviet documents and interviews with journalists, diplomats, and ordinary people who were in the streets of Prague during the revolution.
The Velvet Oratorio was original staged as a concert for New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ festival,
Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe. This will be a full staging of the piece.
321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
From: Nov 8, 2014
To: Jan 13, 2015
Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event