Celebrating the life and art of Václav Havel
New York City, October through December 2006

Artists

Henry Akona

Henry Akona
(Assistant artistic director, The Havel Festival; director, A Butterfly on the Antenna) Henry Akona was the assistant artistic director of NEUROfest which contained a piece that he composed and directed, Tabula Rasa. Other New York productions include The Architecture of Sight (director) and Pandora’s Box: A vaudeville (composer and director) for High Fidelity Theater. Before moving to New York, Henry was an assistant director at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis where he assisted Joe Dowling, Douglas C. Wager and John Miller-Stephany. More at henryakona.com.

Maryvel Bergen

Maryvel Bergen
(Lighting designer, The Ohio Theater) Maryvel Bergen’s recent designs include Where Three Roads Meet at the 2006 Midtown International Theatre Festival and Haunted at the Metropolitan Playhouse, where she also designed the lighting for Moby-Dick and The Scarecrow, as well as consulting on the recent Poe Fest. Other New York designs include Beyond: A Little Night Opera for the 2005 Fringe Festival and Enemy of the People at Gallery Players.

Andrea Boccanfuso
(Director, The Garden Party) Andrea is a member of the Oracle Theatre, Inc. Board and holds an MFA from SUNY Purchase in Lighting Design and a BA from The University of West Florida. She counts among her favorite directing credits The Lover (Harold Pinter), The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (Jane Wagner), Red Cross (Sam Shepard), and Naomi In the Living Room (Christopher Durang). She is the Resident Lighting Designer for the Janiec Opera Company, where she most recently designed The Merry Widow, The Sound of Music, and Carmen. She is an Associate Designer for IMCD Lighting and spent the winter working as Production Coordinator for LDG, Inc. at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. Andrea is a founding member of Loblolly Experimental Theatre and performed roles in The Maids (Claire), No Exit (Estelle), The Cherry Orchard (Anya), and Mr. Foot (Nibs), among others. She discovered and fostered her love of directing through The New Voices Program, a forum for new works to workshop in preparation for full performance.

Glory Sims Bowen

Glory Sims Bowen
(Director, An Evening with the Family) Glory has directed for several Manhattan Theaters including; The American Globe Theater, The Looking Glass Theatre, Chashama Theater, The Bank Street Theater, HERE, RAW Theater Space , 440 Theatre, John Houseman Studio Theatre, and The Connelly Theater. Some of her favorite directorial credits, include Measure For Measure, The Tempest, The Snow Queen, Avalon, Jack or the Submission, Foursome (Ionesco Festival), tryin t’ touch the sun (Spotlight On Festival), Golem Stories, The Glass Menagerie, Pippin, Joseph and his ... Coat, Uncommon Women and Others, Brighton Beach Memoirs, The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man in The Moon Marigolds, and Ten Little Indians. Ms. Bowen is the co-artistic director of The Midtown International Theatre Festival. She has been the recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award in Direction from the Kennedy Center A.C.T.F. and the recipient of the Spotlight On, Off Off Broadway Awards for Best Director of a full length play. Ms. Bowen is an alum of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, class of 2006. She is always looking for directing gigs and you may contact her at FHBproductions@aol.com or review her portfolio at www.fhbtheaterproductions.biz.

Eva Burgess
(Director, Largo Deslato)
Eva Burgess is a theatre director, teacher and acting coach. Her directorial work has been seen in NYC, Los Angeles as well as in Moscow and Bosnia-Hercegovina. In New York, she has been an Artist in Residence at HERE Arts Center, where she developed Angelina; a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab directing the ‘cyber-opera’ Cyber Alice; and was part of the late Joe Chaikin workshop. In New York her work has also been seen at Dixon Place and at Nicu’s Spoon Theater, amongst others. Eva has been collaborating with Russian playwright Ksenia Dragunskaya including, A Feeling of a Beard (The American Living Room, HERE Arts Center, New York) and The Flood (DOC Theatre, Moscow). Before moving to New York, she lived and worked in Bosnia-Hercegovina, founding Rea Silvija, a women’s based theatre company, which devised two works for the stage, toured Bosnia and Ireland and performed in Geneva at the U.N. In Los Angeles, Eva was co-Artistic Director at Theatre of NOTE, which produces new short-form theatre. While at NOTE she was involved with producing new work by many Padua Hills Playwrights including Murray Mednick, John O’Keefe, Leon Martell, Ki Gottberg, Joe Goodrich, as well as Glen Berger, and others. In Los Angeles she also studied with and worked for performance artist Rachel Rosenthal.

Barbara Day
(Translator, Tomorrow) Barbara Day went to Prague to study theatre in the mid-1960s, after graduating in Drama from Manchester University.

In 1980, aware of the suppression of history in Communist Czechoslovakia, Day decided to write her PhD at Bristol University on Václav Havel’s theatre (the Balustrades). She subsequently worked for the Jan Hus Educational Foundation in its support of the “underground university.” After 1989 she helped to establish the JHEF as a Czech and Slovak Foundation, and wrote the book The Velvet Philosophers.

Day now lives in Prague, where she has established herself as a writer and translator. She has received the Commemorative Medal of President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel and been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of her work for UK-Czech cultural relations.

Edward Einhorn

Edward Einhorn
(Artistc director, The Havel Festval; director The Memo and Audience) Edward Einhorn has been the Artistic Director of Untitled Theater Company #61 since he founded it in 1992. He curated the The Ionesco Festival, the first-ever festival of Ionesco’s complete works, and Untitled Theater’s 24/7 Festival. Perhaps most prominently, he wrote and directed the Off-Broadway production, Fairy Tales of the Absurd, which The New York Times called "almost unbearably funny."

He is the author of the modern Oz novels Paradox in Oz and The Living House of Oz (Hungry Tiger Press), The Golem, Methuselah and Shylock: Three Plays by Edward Einhorn (Theater 61 Press) and the upcoming picture book on probability, A Very Improbable Story (Charlesbridge). Most recently, he wrote and directed the puppet play Unauthorized Magic in Oz at St. Ann s Warehouse and the Looking Glass Theatre, which The New York Times called "exquisitely ingenious" and "truly enchanting."

Michael Gardner
(Director, Mountain Hotel) A co-founder and co-artistic director of The Brick Theater, Michael is the writer and director of several theatrical literary adaptations, including Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, In a Strange Room (Top Ten Plays of 2004—Time Out New York), and the long-running Notes from Underground. He is also the director and author of the original play, Habitat and director of Assurbanipal Babilla’s Assyrian Monkey Fantasy. In 2003, he created The Brick’s monthly variety show, Brick-a-Brac and he continues to curate and create for The Brick’s festivals (The Hell Festival, The Moral Values Festival, The Baby Jesus One-Act Jubilee, The $ellout Festival and the upcoming New York Clown Theatre Festival).

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Yolanda Hawkins
(Director, The Increased Difficulty of Concentration) A founder of True Comedy Theatre Company, Yolanda has long worked in downtown alternative theater as actor, director and theater artist. She has directed works at La Mama, Home, SoHo Rep, Dixon Place and Todo Con Nada, including two New York premieres of Richard Foreman works. "Her images ... gave a rich sense of perception hovering on the verge of poetic transcendence." [Robert F. Gross, Theatre Journal] She has collaborated on and performed in the projects of innovative artists like Mark Daniels, Richard Foreman, Ivan Galietti, John Jesurun, Brian Jucha, Michael Kirby, Ann Deborah Levy, Jim Neu, Georg Osterman, Lisa Pakulski, Stuart Sherman, Amy Taubin, Jacquie Tellalian, Ann Wilson, Kate Wilson, and her longtime collaborator, William S. Niederkorn. She has created solo performance pieces at Chandalier, P.S. 122 and Side Shows By the Sea Shore. She has an M.A. in theater history from Hunter College with a thesis analyzing the acting of Eleanora Duse.

For Untitled Theater Company #61’s Ionesco Festival in 2001 she directed Improvisation at the Connelly Theater. "Director Yolanda Hawkins and her True Comedy Theatre Company played their opinionated cards perfectly in 'Improvisation.' I left the theater laughing out loud." [Larry Litt, The New York Theatre Wire] She directed a new play, Byron and Emily Go to Work by Amy F. Quint and Matthew G. Park, at Chashama 42nd Street in 2003 and for the Dublin Fringe Festival at the Players, Trinity College, Dublin, in 2004. "Hawkins has an excellent sense of staging, and the assembled cast are terrific." [The Irish Times] "The cast are incredibly accomplished, vocally and physically, and the staging by director Yolanda Hawkins is equally assured." [Susan Conley, WOW!] In 2005 she directed Ian W. Hill s ARTisTS (the creation of brainstorms) for U.T.C..#61’s 24/7 Festival. In the Spring of 2006 she began a series of performance artworks in Venice, Italy, titled "Stealth Performance," during an artist’s residency at the Emily Harvey Foundation.

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Ian W. Hill
(Director, Temptation) Ian has, as a stage director/designer with his company Gemini CollisionWorks, created nearly 50 productions since 1997, including works by Richard Foreman (Film Is Evil: Radio Is Good, Egyptology, the world premiere of Harry in Love, and 5 others), T.S. Eliot (The Rock), Clive Barker (Frankenstein in Love), Mac Wellman (Harm’s Way), Ronald Tavel (The Life of Juanita Castro and Shower), Jeff Goode (Larry and the Werewolf), Mark Spitz (The Hobo Got Too High), and Edward D. Wood, Jr. (The Violent Years and Glen or Glenda?), as well as the original works Kiss Me, Succubus, At the Mountains of Slumberland, Even the Jungle (slight return), World Gone Wrong, and That’s What We’re Here For (an american pageant). In 2001, he directed two works in Untitled Theatre Co. #61’s Ionesco Festival, The New Tenant and the world premiere of The Viscount (also in its first English translation, by Hill and Berit Johnson).

As an actor, he has appeared in over 75 Off-Off-Broadway shows in the past 15 years and made his Off-Broadway acting debut in 2003 in Edward Einhorn’s Fairy Tales of the Absurd at Theatre 80. As a designer (light, sound, projections, sets) and technical/artistic consultant he has worked with dozens of other film and theatre artists in the USA and abroad. He received a BFA in Film Production from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, and his films as director include the short "How Did You Manage to Steal a Car from a Rolling Train?" and the featurette Deep Night, and he has recently been the cinematographer on two digital video shorts, Carefully and The Water Cooler. He is a member of AEA. He lives in Gravesend, Brooklyn with Ms. Johnson, his eternal fiancee, and the Two Best Cats in the World, Hooker and Simone.

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Tanya Khordoc
(Co-director, Motormorphosis) A co-artistic director of Evolve Company, Tanya has performed, designed, and directed puppet theater at venues such as HERE, St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Puppeteers of America National Festival, the Eugene O’Neil National Puppetry Conference, and the Children s Museum of Manhattan. She has previously collaborated with Untitled Theater Co. #61 in the 24/7 Festival and on Unauthorized Magic in Oz. Her next project is the multi-media show Secrets History Remembers.

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Jeffrey A. Lewonczyk
(Director, Guardian Angel) Jeffrey A. Lewonczyk is a writer, actor and director living in Brooklyn, New York. As Artistic Director of Piper McKenzie Productions, his notable productions include the Bizarre Science Fantasy physical-theater series and the multimedia comic-book musical Adventures of Caveman Robot. As Associate Director of Williamsburg’s Brick Theater, he has created such projects as The Brick Radio Crash Box, The Hell Festival, The Moral Values Festival, The Baby Jesus One-Act Jubilee and The $ellout Festival. He also writes for nytheatre.com and Time Out New York and generally makes a nuisance of himself.

Robert Lyons
(Director, Protest)

Jitka Martinova

Jitka Martinova
(Translator, Mountain Hotel) Born in Prague. 1968-1990 in the UK; BA Drama, University of Bristol. Translations and adaptations of the works of Václav Havel, Ivan Klima, Milan Kundera et al for the BBC-Radio 3. She now lives in Prague.

Kay Matschullat
(Director, The Conspirators) Matschullat most recently directed the world premiere of The Beauty Inside by Catherine Filloux at NewGeorges Theater. She also directed Filloux’s Eyes of the Heart, which won the Kennedy Center New American Play Award (NAP), for The National Asian American Theater Company. This year, she has also directed for The Red Bull Theater and URBAN STAGES. Matschullat’s directing credits include the world premiere of Derek Walcott’s To Die for Grenada, the New York premiere of Walcott’s Pantomime, the world premiere of Ariel Dorfman’s Widows (another NAP winner). Formerly, she served as a resident director at Williamstown Theatre Festival where she also produced 4 seasons of new plays. Ms. Matschullat has directed repertory and new plays in production and workshop in major regional theatres around the country including Boston Shakespeare, SouthCoast Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the New York Shakespeare Festival.

In television, she has acted as Producer/Director of nationally broadcast videos for the National Organization of Women, Consultant for the Academy-Award nominated film documentary, War Room, Researcher on PBS award winning series Eyes on the Prize, Vietnam: A Television History, and Bill Moyers’ Journal.

A full-time faculty member at Tisch School of the Arts, she is director of the Style and Character Advanced Training Studio at Tisch. She previously taught at the Lincoln Center Institute and Princeton University. She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Directing Fellowship, a Theatre Communications Group Grant,a Samuel Rubin Foundation production grant and is a Fulbright Senior Specialist.

Currently she is developing Lorca’s Yerma into music-theater with composer Liz Swados and adapting Alfred de Musset’s Don’t Trifle with Love for Red Bull Theater.

Carolyn Mraz
(Festival set designer at the Ohio Theater) Carolyn Mraz began her New York career this spring by designing and creating the scenery for Avalon by FHB Productions. Previously, she designed the touring children s show Strange Waves, produced by the Berkshire Theatre Festival, where she also worked as a scenic artist for several years. Other scenic design credits include various mainstage and student productions at Oberlin College, such as Dancing at Lughnasa, Tales From Ovid, The Vagina Monologues, The Black Monk, and The Man Outside. She is currently gaining more insight into the worlds of film, television, and theater by assisting, painting, and building models throughout the city.

Grant Neale
(Director, Redevelopment) Grant Neale is co-artistic director of Nomad Theatrical Company with Hillary Spector. He has directed 25 productions including Nomad productions of Miss Julie, Richard III, and Tennessee Williams  The Two Character Play, as well as Sharr White s The Last Orange Dying. Other productions include: Twelfth Night (Minnesota), Exit The King (Michigan), and The Family Show by Randy Neale (Vermont). He has performed in more than 200 plays in New York, throughout the U.S., and internationally. A former member of Jean Cocteau Repertory and The Ridiculous Theatrical Company, he teaches the Meisner Approach and Movement for Actors for the Ward Acting Studio and The Acting Studio.

Jan Novák

Jan Novák
(Translator, The Garden Party, Protest) Jan Novák was born in Czechoslovakia and immigrated to
the United States at the age of 17. He was educated at the University of Chicago and has been making his living as a writer. In 2004, he was awarded the Czech Republic s most prestigous prize, the Magnesia Litera, for So Far, So Good, Petrov, 2004. He has also won two Sandburg Prizes for Chicago s Book of the Year (The Willys Dream Kit, Hartcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1985, fiction; Commies, Spooks, Gypsies, Crooks & Poets, Steerforth Press, 1995, non-fiction). Among his other books are a novel, The Grand Life, and the co-authored autobiography of Milos Forman, Turnaround, which was translated into sixteen languages.

Jan Novák has also collaborated on the screenplay for the Forman film Valmont and written the script for The Wonderful Years That Sucked, a comedy that was the top box office earner in the Czech Republic in 1997. His play Ax Murder in St. Petersburg was the finalist for the Slovak Play of the Year in 2001 and has been playing in the repertory of Bratislava s Astorka Theater ever since.

In recent years, Jan Novák has been shooting documentaries. He has co-authored and co-produced the feature-length films 3x12 (2004) and Citizen Václav Havel Goes on Vacation (2005).

Issac Rathbone

Issac Rathbone
(Co-director, Mistake; co-producer, The Garden Party) I
saac Rathbone is a New York-based playwright. His work has been presented in multiple venues in Manhattan, including the Kraine Theatre and Center Stage NY, as well as the Brooklyn Luceum and the South Oxford Space. His work has also been performed at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson, NY; SUNY Brockport in Brockport, NY; North Westerville High School, Ohio; and The Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska. He is a founding member of Oracle Theatre Inc., and serves as their resident playwright and technical director. His recent stage-adaptations of Japanese folktales continue to be presented as part of Oracle Theatre, Inc.’s WOLF Family Series at the Queens Museum of Art; Barnes & Noble Booksellers; Capa Festival 2006 in Union Sq. Park; Libraries/Parks in Long Island; and Central Park. www.oracletheatreinc.com

Jennifer Rathbone

Jennifer Rathbone
(Co-director, Mistake; co-producer, The Garden Party) Jennifer Rathbone is a BFA graduate from Hofstra University in Theatre Production and an MFA graduate from SUNY Purchase Design Technology. Credits include: T. Schreiber Studio s How I Learned To Drive (Lighting Designer, 2006 NYIT Awards Nominee "Outstanding Lighting Design"); Salvatore Larussa Dance Theatre (Lighting Designer); Oracle Theatre’s WOLF: Japanese Folk Tales…; Home and The Death of Tintagiles (Director); Urban Stages (Tech. Advisor); NBC’s "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (Art Dept.); WB’s "Bedford Diaries" (Art Dept.); and Naava Piatka’s "My Mother’s Voice" (P.M./Lighting Designer). She’s also been in White Plains HS and in Roundabout Theatre Co.’s Teaching Artist residencies in NYC schools, mentoring students in disciplines of theatre arts/design and anticipates adding Trevor Day to the mix. Hersample gallery is at: breakfastfordinner.onoffoff.com

Carol Rocamora
(Translator, A Butterfly on the Antenna, The Conspirators, An Evening With the Family, Mistake, Motormorphosis) Dr. Carol Rocamora is a teacher, translator, playwright and the author of the new biography “Acts of Courage: Václav Havel’s Life in the Theater” (Smith & Kraus, 2005). She currently teaches theater at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in the Department of Dramatic Writing. Her translations of the complete dramatic works of Anton Chekhov have been published in three volumes. Her new play, “I take your hand in mine …”, based on the correspondence of Chekhov and Olga Knipper, premiered at the Almeida Theatre in London and has subsequently been produced at the Theatre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris and throughout Europe under the direction of Peter Brook. She has written about theater for The New York Times, The Nation, American Theater, and the London Guardian. She is currently working on a volume of translations of Václav Havel’s plays entitled “Havel Rediscovered”, to be published later this year.

Tomas Rychetsky
(Translator, A Butterfly on the Antenna, The Conspirators, An Evening With the Family, Mistake, Motormorphosis, Protest) Tomas Rychetsky is a novelist, playwright, and translator. His play The Innocent are Innocent received the Alfred Radok Award in Prague in 1997. He was the research assistant on the new biography “Acts of Courage: Václav Havel’s Life in the Theater”, written by Carol Rocamora. He is currently working on a volume of translations of Václav Havel’s plays with Dr. Rocamora entitled “Havel Rediscovered”, to be published later this year. He currently lives in Prague.

James Saunders
(Translator, Redevelopment) James Saunders (1925 – 2004) was considered one of the main British exponents of the Theatre of the Absurd. His plays include Next Time I’ll Sing To You, A Scent Of Flowers, The Travails Of Sancho Panza and Retreat.

Stepan Simek
(Translator, The Increased Difficulty of Concentration) A director, translator, adaptor, and a professor of theatre at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, over the past twenty years Stepan has directed more than 30 shows professionally and in College or University settings, translated plays from Czech, German, and French, adapted several novels, including Michael Bulghakov’s Heart of the Dog, Franz Kafka’s Amerika, and others for the stage, published articles on the post-communist Czech theatre in various journals, and taught number of theatre courses ranging from acting to theatre history and literature.

His translations and adaptations have been staged in New York, Seattle, Portland, San Diego, and San Francisco, and his translations of Petr Zelenka’s Theremin and Iva Volankova’s Three Sisters 2002.CZ received the 2006 PEN America Translation Award. Originally from Prague, he received his MFA in Directing from the University of Washington, and he was a Drama League of New York Directing Fellow.

Amy Trompetter

Amy Trompetter
(Co-director, The Beggar s Opera) Amy Trompeter builds, directs and performs puppet operas, outdoor pageants, indoor spectacles, and hand-puppet shows. Recent credits include directing and designing Malcolm Williamson’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Happy Prince for Kentucky Opera ’05 and The Barber of Seville at St. Ann’s Warehouse ’03, touring to Festspielhaus St. Polten, Austria, ’07. Upcoming work includes a new music theater and puppet adaptation of Pushkin’s The Queen of Spades with Moscow-based composer Alexander Bakshi and director Kama Ginkas ’08-‘09. She is a Senior Lecturer in the Barnard/Columbia Theatre Department and teaches with Bard Prison Initiative. www.amytrompetter.com

Barry Weil

Barry Weil
(Co-director, Motormorphosis) Barry is Co-Artistic Director of Evolve Company. He has created puppets and masks for many NYC stage productions, including Screaming Shrubbery, Hope & Anchor, Aesops Fables, Uktena and Unauthorized Magic in Oz. Barry first teamed up with Evolve Company Co-Artistic Director Tanya Khordoc to create the puppet film The Jack O'Lantern Lady. Soon after they premiered their best-known piece, Evolution, as part of the Lincoln Center American Living Room Festival at HERE. Barry and Tanya have since performed Evolution at many other venues, including the Children's Museum of Manhattan, the Puppeteers of America National Festival in Tampa, FL, and most recently for a limited run at the Looking Glass Theatre in NYC on a double-bill with Unauthorized Magic in Oz. They have also contributed their talents to Eric Jacobson’s Galileos Telescope, created and performed Lifelines for last year’s 24/7 Festival, and will soon celebrate a decade of collaboration with their epic performance piece Secrets History Remembers.

Barry’s other stage appearances include Little Shop of Horrors (five different productions inside "Audrey II"), Prelude to a Kiss, Godspell, and his own play Claim to Fame. He can also be seen as Elvis Presley in the cult film The Return of the King? (not the one with the hobbits). When not performing or building, Barry is the assistant director and theatre coordinator for Levels, Long Island’s nationally acclaimed cultural center for teenagers.

Randy White
(Director, Unveiling) Shaw’s Pygmalion (Shakespeare Santa Cruz), Glen Berger’s O lovely Glowworm (Portland Center Stage) and Underneath the Lintel (15 months off-Broadway), Gogol’s The Government Inspector (Fordham University), Kirsten Greenidge’s Proclivities (Guthrie/U of Minnesota BFA program) and Sans-Culottes in the Promised Land (Humana Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville), Our Town (Cardinal Stage Company), Carson Kreitzer’s Self Defense (New Georges, NYC), Joe Fisher’s Thunderbird (Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project), Dan Dietz’s Temp Odyssey (NYC SPF Festival), Sondheim’s Into the Woods (Yale Dramatic Association) and Sweeny Todd (Penn), Lyubimov’s The Dawns are Quiet Here (Harborfront Theatre, Toronto), West Side Story, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Show Boat, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1776, Nothing Sacred, and Romeo and Juliet.

Randy was associate director on David Edgar s Continental Divide (Oregon Shakes, Berkeley Rep, London s Barbican), an assistant on Disney s The Lion King, and a resident director at New Dramatists for two years.

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Paul Wilson
(Translator, The Begars Opera, Guardian Angel and The Memo) Paul Wilson lived in Czechoslovakia for ten years, from 1967 to 1977, when he was expelled for his associations with The Plastic People of the Universe, a rock band with whom he played in the early 1970s. After his return to his native Canada, he translated the work of many modern Czech writers into English, including novels by Josef Skvorecky, Bohumil Hrabal, and Ivan Klima. He has translated several volumes of prose by the former Czech president, Václav Havel, including his letters from prison (Letters to Olga, 1988) and his presidential speeches (The Art of the Impossible, 1997). He has translated another play by Havel, The Beggars Opera. Wilson is also a journalist, editor, and writer. He has worked as a radio producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and has worked as an editor on several national Canadian general interest magazines. He has published an anthology of Czech short stories (Prague: A Travellers Literary Companion) and has co-authored a book on the Chechen hostage-taking incident in a Moscow theatre in 2002, Fifty-seven Hours. He is currently working on a translation of Václav Havel’s presidential memoirs.

Sergei Zemtsov
(Co-director, The Beggars Opera) Sergei Zemtsov is a director, actor and Dean of the Acting Department at the Moscow Art Theatre School. Selected acting roles include Meluzov from Talents and Worshipers by Ostrovsky, Vlas from Country People by Gorky, Becket from Becket by Anouilh, and Pasha from Chinzano by Petrushevskaya, which toured Poland, Latvia, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Holland, Finland, England, Portugal, Sweden, Great Britain, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina, USA, winning grand prize at the German Theatre Festival in 1990 and a showcase at the Humana Festival in Lousiville, Kentucky 1991. He taught at Ecole du Passage in Paris, the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA, and now runs the actor’s program for students from the United States at the Moscow Art Theatre School in conjunction with the O’Neal Moscow Art Theatre.

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