by Vaclav Havel January 17 – March 1, 2020
City Garage stages a timely revival of Havel’s classic piece (translated by Czech-born playwright Tom Stoppard) about totalitarian regimes, censorship, and the price of integrity. A dissident intellectual, Leopold Nettles, is dogged by the secret police, pressured by his friends, and nagged by his housemate to just shut up and go along. Shadowy figures arrive to offer him a deal to stay out of prison but Nettles can’t get himself to accept. His world starts to dissolve in a hallucinatory battle of conscience but will he ultimately have the courage of his convictions? Havel wrote the play when he had just emerged from prison in 1984 and he later played a major role in the Velvet Revolution that toppled communism in Eastern Europe. What would he make of the frightening resurgence of so many of the ideas he sacrificed so much to eradicate?
by Margaret Atwood, opening April 3, 2020.
Measure by Measure
(from Shakespeare) a new adaptation by Charles Duncombe for City Garage.