Havel Conversations

Rehearsal For Truth Theater Festival / preview screening

September 27, 2017 - October 1, 2017, 10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

[1st Floor]

A continuous preview screening of interviews with US politicians, activists, and artists at BNH Cinema. Part of Rehearsal for Truth, a unique festival presenting the best in Central European theater, organized under the auspices of Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President, and Daniel Herman, Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic.

The Havel Conversations project is an oral history initiative in which artists, activists and politicians reflect upon Vaclav Havel’s legacy and themes close to the late Czech president such as cultural diplomacy and human rights. This collection of interviews with American politicians (such as Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright) and artists (such as Suzanne Vega) stresses the work that Havel undertook to foster Czechoslovak-American and then later, Czech-American relations. The semi-structured interviews with those who knew Havel personally complement written sources which consider his political decisions from the top down; taken together, the interviews make the case for understanding policymaking as a series of conversations, instead of a paper-trail of memos.

Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.bohemianbenevolent.org.

Rehearsal for Truth is organized by Vaclav Havel Library Foundation and BBLA, in partnership with Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovak performing arts institutions to highlight Havel’s legacy as a playwright through live performances, panel discussions, exhibitions and an award ceremony. It seeks to establish exchanges between U.S. and Central European theater professionals. The festival reflects not only Havel’s contribution to 20th century theater but also his belief in the potential of Central European cultural traditions to enrich human existence in the modern age.

Organized by: VHLF, BBLA