Rehearsal For Truth Theater Festival Announces 2021: Embracing The Inexplicable
The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation and the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association are delighted to present the 2021 Rehearsal Theater Festival For The Truth Returning To In-Person Format.
The fourth edition of the festival offers the public a program of two complete plays and three stage readings from Central Europe, the United States and South Africa. An online roundtable provides a much-needed space for performing arts experts to address pressing questions about the industry’s future, and an award-winning documentary focuses on the world of artistic dissent at the end of communism in Czechoslovakia. The festival takes place June 21-30 at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City.
The 2021 Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival presents two works by young aspiring authors, winners of the 2020 competition for best student mini-theater. Additionally, three special events will extend the live art experiences to the entire community, with a children’s puppet show, a folk music concert, and a preview of a kinetic and audiovisual installation.
Entitled “Embracing the Inexplicable”, the 2021 edition is truly special, conceived as an opportunity for our international community of artists and audiences to come together to collectively heal and embrace the uncertainties amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are delighted that the Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival is back in person after almost two years. We look forward to presenting live theater again. With health measures in place to ensure everyone’s safety, we want the festival to bring back the community, as collaborators of sorts, to share new experiences in the true sense of Vaclav Havel’s theater – like ” a space for authentic human existence, ”says Pavla Niklova, director of the Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival.
The program invites participants to reinvent the ordinary while collectively witnessing the rich performance traditions of Central Europe such as theater crafts and music. Using puppets, Czech & Slovak Tales with Strings takes the youngest on a journey through classic fables, while Eletfa gives a folk concert to honor the Hungarian heritage of Manhattan’s Yorkville neighborhood.
At the same time, the festival encourages spectators to reconsider the current reality. Vaclav Havel’s iconic one-act play Audience returns to the stage this time in a puppet performance from the award-winning Czechoslovak-American puppet theater. Lux Phantasmatis, a bewitching installation by Pavel Zustiak and Keith Skretch of the Palissimo company, embodies a presence in absence, matter in a void. Exposing a void is at the heart of Megan Furniss’ The Tent, where members of a South African community polarize when their tolerance is tested.
Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz’s iconic play, The Madman and the Nun, alleges a desperate, unpredictable and almost comically cruel world. Can we maintain a certain sense of dignity and reason in a world full of uncertainties? The Art of Dissent, a documentary featuring artists working to create civic society in communist Czechoslovakia, may offer clues to navigate the inexplicable.
All productions of the Rehearsal for Truth Theater festival are free to the public. Online registration through Eventbrite is required. Due to COVID-19 restrictions for indoor events, seating is limited. Reservations must be made in advance. No tickets will be available at the door, and anyone who has not received a confirmation before the event will be refused. Wearing a face mask is compulsory.
More information available at: www.rehearsalfortruth.org.