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

About the festival

In honor of Václav Havel’s 70th birthday and his concurrent residency at Columbia University, Untitled Theater Company #61 and other artists and companies from New York and around the country came together to present, for the first time anywhere, the complete plays of Václav Havel.

With one world premiere, five English language premieres and five other new translations, this was a must-see event for fans of Havel, political theater, absurdist theater, or simply theater in general.

The festival included sixteen fully-staged productions in Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as readings, panels, talkbacks, and a variety of other events honoring Václav Havel's political and artistic career.

Although the festival has ended, we would love to have this web site continue to serve as a resource. Feel free to peruse the site for information about President Havel's life, his plays, or any of our productions.

Many of the translations that appeared in the festival are now available through Theater 61 Press. The website also has essays about many of his major plays and about Havel.

Edward Einhorn
Artistic Director
The Havel Festival and
Untitled Theater Company #61


Plays in the festival

Henry Akona, assistant artistic director, Edward Einhorn, artistic director and President Havel at the celebration on the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution at the Brick Theater. Photo by William Sullivan Niederkorn.

Sponsored by:
The Village Voice nytheatre.com