Opening Night of the U.S. Premiere of Havel's Leaving
Wed, 05/26/2010 - 7:30pm
To conclude The Wilma Theater’s 2009 – 2010 Season, The U.S. premiere of Václav Havel’s Leaving—the first play in 20 years from playwright and former Czech President Havel—opens May 26 to a sold out audience including President Havel and his wife Dagmar. In an epic production with a cast of 15, Leaving will receive its U.S. Premiere production under the direction of The Wilma’s co-Artistic Director Jiri Zizka, with Academy Award® nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) starring in the role of ex-Chancellor Dr. Vilėm Rieger.
Immediately following the Opening Night production of Leaving, the three Czech natives: President Havel, director Jiri Zizka, and translator Paul Wilson will take part in a post-show Q&A to discuss the play, which Havel first began writing just before the events of the Velvet Revolution and the fall of Czechoslovakia’s communist government in 1989.
Leavingis an inventive story of a recently-retired Chancellor who confronts large questions of truth and power while he struggles to manage his eccentric family and humorous bevy of functionaries. Allusions from Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and Shakespeare’s King Lear invade the Chancellor’s consciousness in this wry political tragicomedy.
Leaving begins previews on May 19, opens on May 26 (press night), and closes on June 20, 2010.
TICKETS: Tickets range from $36 to $65, and are available at the Wilma’s Box Office by calling (215) 546-7824, visiting www.wilmatheater.org. Special discounts are available for seniors, those in their 20s, students, and groups of 10 or more.