Protest: A Play by Václav Havel

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Venue:FIU Modesto Maidique Campus | CBC 232

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Protest:  A Play by Václav Havel
Featuring the Alliance for New Music-Theatre, Washington, D.C.

Friday, December 7, 2018  |  6 PM |  FIU Modesto Maidique Campus | CBC 232

Join the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs for a special presentation of Václav Havel’s Protest. Written by the first president of post-communist Czechoslovakia and leader of the country’s Velvet Revolution, this play depicts the struggles of activists during Czechoslovakia’s totalitarian regime and explores the complex relationships and consequences that can occur when people turn a blind eye to injustice. Is there a fine line between failure to act and becoming an accomplice of an oppressive government? And how many risks are people willing to take to defend their beliefs? Protest is one of three Havel plays featuring dissident playwright Ferdinand Vaněk as a central character. Many believe that Vaněk was a sort of alter-ego character for Havel. The plays are among Havel’s best-known works, and the character, Vaněk, became somewhat of a national symbol for the country with various playwrights using him as their star character as well.

The mission of Alliance for New Music-Theatre is to foster the collaboration of artists; nurture the creation, development and performance of new works; and engage audiences in the creative process to promote an appreciation of the transformative power of music-theatre in its many forms. Alliance for New Music-Theatre was seeded in 1994, through a workshop residency funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Alliance served music-theatre workers for many years as a research and development company and support group. Reorganized with a focus to self-produce, since 2013 Alliance has successfully mounted several Czech related music-theatre works or adaptations including Havel’s Unveiling, our original music-theatre production Vaněk Unleashed, Kafka’s Metamorphosis reimagined as a work of music-theatre, and Havel’s Protest, performed at the Czech Ambassador’s residence and the Dupont Underground in DC and at the Prague Fringe Festival.

This presentation is free and open to the public. To RSVP, please click here.
For more information, please call 305-348-7266.

Co-sponsored by
Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C. | Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in Miami