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'The Memorandum' opens Feb. 23

“The Memorandum,” written by Vacláv Havel, opens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Studio 88, Center for Performing Arts. Additional performances are at 8 p.m. Feb. 24, 25 and 26 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27.
The Miami department of theatre production is directed by graduate student Kevin McFillen. The play will be performed in a translation by Vera Blackwell.

Havel is one of the most celebrated authors/playwrights of the Czech Republic. Most noted for his involvement in Charter 77 and work as a political dissident, Havel's continued writing in the face of oppression under the communist government led to the banning of his works, years of imprisonment and constant harassment while living under house arrest.

Helping to found the Civic Forum, the first legal opposition movement in Czechoslovakia since the adoption of communism, Havel was elected President of the Czech Republic in 1989. He served in that role for 13 years, stepping down in 2003.

“The Memorandum” is an absurd, comic tale of the power of bureaucracy that highlights issues of individuality and identity in the face of oppressive social systems. Havel wrote it in 1965; in 1968 “The Memorandum” received an Obie Award for Best Foreign Play.

Tickets are $6 for students, youth and senior citizens and $9 for other adults.

Tickets are available at the Miami box office, 9-3200, and online at www.tickets.muohio.edu.

Date Published: 02/17/2005
Volume: 24   Number: 25

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