Leaving (play)

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Leaving (Czech - Odcházení) is a 2007 tragicomedic play by Václav Havel.

Although Havel has had an extensive career as a playwright, Leaving was his first play in over twenty years.[1] The play premiered at Archa Theatre in Prague on May 22, 2008.[2] The play is composed of five acts and requires eleven men, six women, and one voice.[3] In 2011, Havel directed a film adaptation of his play.

Productions[edit]

Orange Tree[edit]

  • Directed by Sam Walters. Translated by Paul Wilson.
  • Vilém Rieger, ex-chancellour .... Geoffrey Beevers
  • Grandmother, Rieger's mother ....
  • Vlasta, Rieger's older daughter ....
  • Albín, Vlasta'husband ....
  • Zuzana, Rieger's younger daughter ....
  • Irena, Rieger's long-time girlfriend ....
  • Monika, Irena's friend ....
  • Hanuš, Rieger's ex-secretary ....
  • Viktor, Hanuš's ex-secretary ....
  • Osvald, Rieger's handmaid ....
  • Knobloch, gardener ....
  • Vlasta Klein, ndeputy and vice-chairman ....
  • Bea Weissenmütelhof, student of politics and mutliculture social psychology ....
  • Jack, journalist ....
  • Bob, photographer ....
  • Officers ....
  • Charwoman ....
  • Removers ....
  • Voice of reproductor ....

Národní divadlo[edit]

  • Directed by Petr Mikulík. The play had premiere at ??? 2009 in National Theatre in Bratislava.
  • Vilém Rieger, ex-chancellour .... Marián Labuda
  • Grandmother, Rieger's mother ....
  • Vlasta, Rieger's older daughter ....
  • Albín, Vlasta'husband ....
  • Zuzana, Rieger's younger daughter ....
  • Irena, Rieger's long-time girlfriend ....
  • Monika, Irena's friend ....
  • Hanuš, Rieger's ex-secretary ....
  • Viktor, Hanuš's ex-secretary ....
  • Osvald, Rieger's handmaid ....
  • Knobloch, gardener ....
  • Vlasta Klein, ndeputy and vice-chairman .... Jozef Vajda
  • Bea Weissenmütelhof, student of politics and mutliculture social psychology ....
  • Jack, journalist ....
  • Bob, photographer ....
  • Officers ....
  • Charwoman ....
  • Removers ....
  • Voice of reproductor ....

Leaving had its U.S. premiere at the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, PA in May, 2010.[4]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leaving". Encyclopædia Britannica. 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  2. ^ Rob Cameron (2008-05-23). "Václav Havel - "Leaving", but also Returning". Radio Prague. 
  3. ^ "Havel Václav". Aura-Pont. Retrieved 2009-03-11. 
  4. ^ http://www.wilmatheater.org/production/leaving