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Svanda Theatre Brings Four Plays to Washington

The prestigious Czech theatre company Svanda Theatre will perform a series of plays in the program Four Plays from Prague at Georgetown University's Davis Performing Arts Center from September 20-23, 2018. Featured plays include "The Good and the True," "Pankrác '45," and the one-act plays "Protest" and "The Debt."

The performances are part of the celebrations surrounding the 100th Anniversary of Czech Independence as well as part of the Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program's 2018-19 season "Friends, Far & Near." 

Presented by the Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies Program, The Laboratory of Global Performance and Politics, in association with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and City of Prague, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, and Arts Institut - Theatre-Institut

All shows will be performed in English except "Protest," which will be performed in Czech with English subtitles.

https://performingarts.georgetown.edu/theater-and-performance-studies-season (Scroll down on the page to "Svanda Theatre: Four Plays from Prague")

VENUE: Davis Performing Arts Center
Georgetown University
37th and O Streets, NW, Washington DC 20057-1063

PARKING INFO: https://performingarts.georgetown.edu/plan-your-visit/parking


The Good and the True

The Good and the True

The Good and the True
Sept. 20, 4 pm (talkback)
and 7:30 pm 
By Tomáš Hrbek, Lucie Kolouchová, Daniel Hrbek
Translated from Czech by Lucie Kolouchová
English Adaptation by Brian Daniels
Directed by Daniel Hrbek

"A remarkable piece of verbatime theatre" (Yorkshire Evening Post), this play weaves together testimonies of two Aushwitz survivors who led similarly extraordinary lives, but never actually met: athlete Miloš Dobrý and actress Hana Pravda.

Location: Davis Center, Devine Studio Theatre
Protest / The Debt

Protest / The Debt

Sept. 21, 8 pm |Sept. 22, 4 pm (talkback)
Protest by Václav Havel, Translated by Jan Novák
The Debt by Marek Hejduk, Translated by Alex Zucker
Both plays are directed by Daniel Hrbek

What happens when two writers meet - one who is not allowed to write and the other who writes whatever he wants? What if the first one has a surprising proposal for the second one? And what if the two of them meet years later when they can write freely but it is not working? Brilliant Václav Havel's dialogue is confronted with the dramatic attempt of a debuting author.

Location: Davis Center, Devine Studio Theatre
Pankrác '45

Pankrác '45

Sept. 22, 8 pm | Sept. 23, 2 pm 
By Martina Kinská, Translated by Barbara Day Directed by Martina Kinská           

Casting for an execution...Based on the real-life incarceration of five women in the Pankrác Prison during a time of post-WWII national cleansing in Czechoslovakia, this story explores the relativity of guilt, responsibility for one's actions, and the struggle to survive within the machinery of history.         

Location: Davis Center, Gonda Theatre          


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 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 Václav Havel, musician Lou Reed, writer Robert Fulghum, singer Suzanne Vega, actress Annie Girardot, actor Dennis Lavant, photographer Oliviero Toscani, cameraman Miroslav Ondríček, costume designer Theodor Pištěk and artist Klaus Voorman have appeared as guests of Svanda Theatre in recent years. Almost all productions of Svanda are accompanied by English subtitles. Svanda Theatre has been successfully represented at theatrical festivals in Russia, Belarus, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. It was also awarded the prestigious Alfred Radok Award for its dramaturgy.