Overcast Theatre is so incredibly excited to return to your for its first production of its 2014 season.
With our first take at contemporary Czech theatre we bring you some of the finest, a play by former president of the country, dissident, and humanitarian: Vaclav Havel. The Garden Party was the first major play by Havel, and first performed in 1963 in a decade riddled with dissent, totalitarianism, volatile political structures, inspiration, creativity, and radical change.
Questions explored in our modernized take of this wacky play:
Can the hopeful family stand a chance in ever more troubling economic times?
What does it mean to be "successful" and how much of it is enough?
How can one retain their sense of self among the saturation of influences, morals, regulations, and expectations?
The play follows Hugo Pludek in his unexpected misadventures in the Offices of Liquidation and Inauguration as he searches for his apparent mentor on how to be a functional member of society. Due to pressure from his hopeful and desperate lower middle class parents he agrees to go to The Garden Party. Once there he not only misses the chance to meet with his mentor but also is taken aback by both the bureaucratic systems and the behaviors of the workers he meets. After being reprimanded for suggesting a more practical method to the system, Hugo sits quietly and observes closely to absorb all he needs to adapt. Little by little Hugo learns to play the game quite skillfully, but what will embracing and succeeding in the organization do to him?
Despite these intellectual ponderings, Havel's play will sure to keep you smiling all night long with its absurdly funny episodes, circumstances, and characters. Never again will an office or a night with the family seem the same again as Havel's imagination stretches the everyday to its limits and ultimately tears it to pieces.
PERFORMANCE DATES: Fri & Sat March 14-15 8pm
Tickets can be purchased online at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-garden-party-by-vaclav-havel-tickets-10266837387
More Information at: overcastheatre.com
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We hope to see you there and remember: "The Garden Party is for everyone!"