NOTE FROM ARTISTIC DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER
Welcome to the opening of PROTEST celebrating the life and works of one of the most renowned Czech playwrights, statesman and a humanitarian, Vaclav Havel. I would like to extend my special thanks to dear friends and colleagues, Gail Humphries Mardirosian and Barbara Karpetova for all of their support. We are happy to partner with the Mutual Inspirations Festival and the Embassy of the Czech Republic again presenting the last part of the “Vanek’s Trilogy” and closing this year’s Mutual Inspirations Festival 2013- Vaclav Havel. The Ambassador Theater’s 5th season is rolling on! During the past 4 years, we have produced 9 main stage productions in addition to various “Bare Bones” and Staged Readings, New Work Series, Literary Café programs, play-reading workshops, summer camps, Studio Classes and outreach programs. All of our programs have introduced our audiences to the cultures of several countries across multiple continents. We have worked with over 100 actors, artists, authors, translators, directors and designers, in addition to over 500 students and interns from various DC Metro schools and colleges. We have even taken students abroad to perform at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw for the First Lady of Poland. Our productions have been seen by over 5,500 spectators in many venues around the area. We are fortunate to have developed valued friendships and partnerships with the diplomatic representatives from where our productions originate. Most recently, we received the MD Theatre Guide 2012 Award for Hopa Tropa Kukerica at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theatre, as well as the 2013 Helen Hayes Canadian Partnership Award. I would like to express my deepest gratitude to our Board of Directors, artists, designers, partners, friends, and, most of all, our audience for helping us to fulfill our mission to continue facilitating international cultural dialogue.
We have a thrilling season ahead of us as we celebrate our 5th year. This winter we will be organizing a celebration of Greek culture, including the production of Menander’s Dyskolos, for which we received the Alexandria Commission for the Arts grant. We are also planning to present Dyskolos at a new venue in Anacostia’s Arts Center January 30 – February 2, 2014. Later in the spring, we will celebrate World Theater Day March 27, 2014 and present an Austrian play in partnership with the Embassy of Austria. Finally, we are thrilled to announce that this year we have started offering season subscriptions – get yours today and make sure that you don’t miss a single adventure with Ambassador Theater! And now I would like to invite you to this very special performance of PROTEST. Let this interesting political discourse, full of beer begin! Thank you so much for your continued support and we hope to see you soon as we venture forward throughout this exciting 5th season. Enjoy the show! Hanna Bondarewska
These performances are part of HAVEL’S TRILOGY, connected to the “Vaněk plays,” as part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2013 – Václav Havel, celebrating the life and legacy of the former president, playwright, and human rights advocate. For more information about the festival, please visit: www.mutualinspirations.org.