Celebrating the life and art of Václav Havel
New York City, October through December 2006


The Beggars Opera

Translated by Paul Wilson
Directed by Amy Trompetter and Sergei Zemtsov
Produced by Harriman Institute and the Barnard College Theatre Department

At the Miller Theater

Performances: December 1 and 2

In Havel’s adaptation Macheath, Peachum, and the rest are in a world ruled by an oppressive, powerful bureaucracy, which by its very nature takes away its citizens’ humanity. Actors, large puppets and live music expose a farcical underworld, reverberating with cynical overtones familiar today.

Production history
The Beggar’s Opera is a classic, and so the Communist government overlooked, for one night at least, a production of it—without noticing that this production was of a new version by Havel.

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