Leaving, by Václav Havel

The first play written by Václav Havel after his final term as President of The Czech Republic. Inspired by Lear and The Cherry Orchard, Havel writes of a man forced to leave the state owned villa he has called home for years, when his time in public office has ended. A drama of ethics and politics with, as always, a touch of the absurd.  Translated by Havel’s most prolific translator, Paul Wilson

Read an essay about the play.

Reviews from the Havel Festival:

"...pointed and funny observations about the hypocritical games politicians play and the strong force of the ego in their makeup"
- New York Times

"There is stealth profundity at work in this simultaneously astute and playful theater piece, yet nothing appears to be taken too seriously here by this dissident turned savvy former head of state."
- Curtain Up

158 pages
ISBN 0-9770197-8-0