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Spring 2014 Season


This spring, Alliance for New Music-Theatrepresents The Václav Havel Project; a double bill that pairs Unveiling, one of the Czech playwright’s most popular plays, with the World Premiere of the musical fantasy Vaněk Unleashed. We hope you will be able to join us for one of the following performances


At the Artisphere Blackbox Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington VA

Wednesday May 7 at 7 pmSunday May 11 at 2 pm

Unveiling was originally performed as part of the Czech Embassy’s 2013 Mutual Inspirations Festival honoring Václav Havel. As DC Theatre Scene described the Alliance’s production as “Artful. Brilliant. Irreverent. Simple, yet genius. Everything from the writing to the stage direction and the acting itself – is a marvel to watch in the Alliance for New Music-Theatre’s salute to Vaclav Havel.”

Vaněk Unleashed was composed by Maurice Saylor and written and directed by Susan Galbraith. Saylor is a D.C.-based composer and performer with special affinities for vocal, chamber and silent film music.  His scores often showcase an interest in unusual combinations of instruments and blur the boundaries of style and genre. Founder of the Snark Ensemble, his music has been performed at the John F. Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art.

On May 7-8, Vaněk Unleashed will be accompanied by live music from The Snark Ensemble, whose members have composed and performed more than 30 silent film scores, treating audiences to a blend of boogie land jazz and musical slapstick comedy.

Photo Exhibit of Václav Havel

The production also will be accompanied by a photographic essay exhibit by Jan Kaper, a close friend of Havel and photographer who closely documented Havel’s life as a dissident.

Post-performance discussion

Post performance discussions will allow audience member to share their ideas and interpretations of Václav Havel and these works.

Find out more about The Václav Havel Project

The two works will be performed at Artisphere’s Black Box Theatre (1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) from May 7 to 18, before traveling to the prestigious Prague Fringe Festival at the end of May.

We are planning to have Live & About participants to attend on either:

Wednesday May 7 at 7 pm which is the world premier for Vaněk Unleashed with live music by the Snark Ensemble


Sunday May 11 at 2 pm

Tickets are at the discounted group rate of $20.

Please contact us at to let us know that you are planning to attend

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