by Vaclav Havel
Directed by: Tess Zeiner
Lighting Design by: Meaghan Fletcher
Stage Manager: Lemeng Yang
Evan Martin as Stanek
Sherab Rabzyor Yolmo as Vanek
The Black Hole Theatre Company presents Protest by Václav Havel as part of their LunchB.H.A.G.G series of short plays. Bring along your lunch to enjoy while watching this two-hander political play.
Protest is part of the “Vanek Plays Trilogy” which collectively portray an autobiographical version of the playwright, Václav Havel. As one of the main leaders of the Velvet Revolution, his plays circulated secretly and his various writings against the Soviet communist regime got him imprisoned more than once before he eventually became the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic. Protest is about a dissident and his old friend who compromise their relationship over the potential signing of a petition. Stanek, the friend, is faced with the decision to sign and risk his livelihood or not to sign but miss his “last chance to shake off the bonds of shameful compromises in which he’s been choking for years”. Fear of surveillance and arrest, moral dilemmas, and hypocrisy are at the centre of this play that challenges ideals versus comfort.
Václav Havel holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Manitoba. When you come through the new entrance to the Gail Asper Performing Arts Hall, a bust of Havel greets audience members.Protest will be performed in the John J. Conklin Theatre, Gail Asper Performing Arts Hall, in the historic Taché Hall. Show times are: October 10 and October 12 at Noon and October 11 at 12:30pm and 7:30pm.