Rehearsal for Truth – Theater Festival honoring Václav Havel in New York


This year, the festival focuses on contemporary plays by Eastern European playwrights addressing political circumstances and social trends. Dedicated to the people of Ukraine fighting for their independence. Festival for Truth 2022 is taking place from June 12 to June 25 and features works from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Hungary, and the US. Contemporary theater performances will accompany discussions concerning individual actions during times of distress.

The festival’s fifth edition, Under Pressure, offers a safe space for reflection and dialogue in order to inspire the New York City audience to find novel means of living in tolerance and peace. The presented pieces examine the human experiences during war and under oppressive political regimes, telling stories of ordinary people responding to unprecedented circumstances in unexpected ways. These are accounts of people who counter pressure and distress by fighting and laughing at dictators as well as absurd ideologies.

Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival is a showcase of contemporary European theater organized each year in New York City. Conceived in 2017 as a shared endeavor of the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation (VHLF) and Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA), the festival honors the legacy of Czech playwright, dissident and political thinker Vaclav Havel. Each edition of Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival addresses current sociopolitical trends in Central Europe, offering New York audiences a unique opportunity to witness the region’s theatrical zeitgeist.

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