The Memo


A new translation

By Václav Havel
Translated by Paul Wilson

Directed by Edward Einhorn

Presented at the Ohio Theater
October - November 2006

Part of the Havel Festival 

Under the nose of Gross, the Managing Director of a large bureaucracy, a mysterious new official language has infected all office communications. The new language is completely logical and almost completely incomprehensible. The key to the whole affair lies in a Memo, but since the Memo is written in the new language, no one seems able to read it.

Production history

Originally performed under the title "The Memorandum," this play helped bring Havel to the attention of the American public, winning an OBIE in 1969 for its production at the Public Theater.


Producer: David A. Einhorn

Composer: William Sullivan Niederkorn

Set designer: Alexander C. Senchak

Lighting designer: Maryvel Bergen

Costume designer: Carla Gant

Dramaturg: Karen Lee Ott

Assistant director: Michael Scott-Price

Stage manager: Jodi Katz

Assistant stage manger: Faith Uyetake


J. V Brown: Peter Bean*

Victor Kubs: V. Orion Delwaterman

Student: Ryan Dutcher

Talaura: Talaura Harms

Ms. Kalous: Uma Incrocci* 

Alice: Alice Starr McFarland

Sid Kunc: Skid Maher

Student: Tom McCarten

Josh: Josh Mertz

Shelley: Shelley Ray*

Student: Leah Reddy

Andrew Gross: Andrew Rothkin

Student: Josh Silverman

Ken Masat: Ken Simon

Max Ballas: Maxwell Zener*

Music performed by The Mendoza Line