Perhaps Václav Havel’s best-known works. The character Vaněk became a symbol for Czechoslovak dissidents during the Communist era. In the plays, Audience, Protest, and Unveiling, Vaněk encounters people trapped by the moral dilemmas inherent in a Communist system. Also included is Havel’s modern sequel, the previously unpublished Dozens of Cousins. All translated by Jan Novak.
Read an essay about the plays.
Reviews from the Havel Festival:
"The explicitly political plays were particularly efective. The so-called Vaněk plays were separately produced by three different companies, to great effect."
- American Theatre
"Novák's translation is modern and hip. It reminded me of what a difference a good translation can make."