Celebrating the life and art of Václav Havel New York City, October through December 2006
The Beggar’s Opera
Translated by Paul Wilson
Directed by Amy Trompetter and Sergei Zemtsov
Produced by Harriman Institute and the Barnard College Theatre Department
At the Miller Theater
Performances: December 1 and 2
In Havel’s adaptation Macheath, Peachum, and the rest are in a world ruled by an oppressive, powerful bureaucracy, which by its very nature takes away its citizens’ humanity. Actors, large puppets and live music expose a farcical underworld, reverberating with cynical overtones familiar today.
Production history The Beggar’s Opera is a classic, and so the Communist government overlooked, for one night at least, a production of itwithout noticing that this production was of a new version by Havel.