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DISSIDENT ACTS: 3 PLAYS
an evening of three short plays by Beckett, Mrozek, and Havel
directed by Gary Cherniakhovsky

part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe

Thursday, November 19, 2009 - Saturday, November 21, 2009, 8:00 AM
Post show discussion, November 19

Department of Theatre Barnard College
Minor Latham Playhouse
118 Milbank Hall, 3009 Broadway, New York, NY

Tickets: $5, $10, tic.columbia.edu 


As part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe, a performing arts festival marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, Dissident Acts: 3 Plays is recommended by the Polish Cultural Institute. This evening of three short plays presents works by Samuel Beckett, a member of the WWII resistance, and by his political counterparts and dramatic inheritors, the Polish and Czech playwrights Slawomir Mrozek and Václav Havel. Beckett's 1982 miniature Catastrophe interrogates the public role of art in a taut homage to Havel, at the time imprisoned for subversion of the state; Mrozek's 1958 The Police, unveils the deep absurdity of totalitarianism; and Havel's 1975 Unveiling recasts this absurdity as the hypocrisy of its elite. Taken together, these plays, performed by Barnard and Columbia students, refuse to be heroicized as documents of the (in)human past; they extend the dissident inquiry of the liberal arts, animating an ongoing interrogation of the politics of our present.


Presented by the Department of Theatre, Barnard College, Columbia University as part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe, a performing arts festival marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, presented by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in partnership with key New York City cultural organizations and academic institutions, November 2009 - March 2010. www.performingrevolution.org. Supported by the Harriman Institute, Columbia University.


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