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PFTC: Smoking Apples Workshop and Show, Feb. 3rd

Prague Film and Theater Center is hosting the UK physical and puppet theater company, Smoking Apples, in a combined workshop and performance on Friday, February 3rd at Divadlo Kampa. The evening starts at 18:00 with a workshop “Puppets as Performers”, then has a performance at 19:20 of “The Wordcatcher”. This is followed by a Q&A with the company. Tickets are 350 Kc for the evening.

During the 1 hour “Puppets as Performers” workshop, the members of this highly acclaimed British theatre company will share their approach to working with puppets with the participants who will then have the opportunity to try it for themselves.

‘The Wordcatcher’ is a bizarre tale of something and nothing, of sound and of silence both in the heart and in the mind. The Wordcatcher sees its characters try to fix things in place that don’t fit together and through the expert use of miscommunication, the audience will witness how the holes and gaps in this story fill a void rather than leave one.

More information about timing and tickets is here or you can email PFTC for tickets.

February 2nd, 2012

Shoot Your Mouth Returns!

The well-known open-mic talent night and charity event SHOOT YOUR MOUTH is now being produced by experimental theatre company AKANDA in cooperation with the IRON CURTAIN Propaganda pub. Shoot Your Mouth was originally founded in 2009 by Nina Bressler who, until recently, organized the event on a monthly basis at the Iron Curtain. When Bressler realized that due to other professional obligations she no longer had time to devote to the event, she approached Mélanie Rada and Jeff Fritz, Akanda’s co-producers, and asked them to take over Shoot Your Mouth. They agreed it was an excellent idea, and the first all-new Shoot Your Mouth will happen next month on the stage of Iron Curtain with a portion of the proceeds going to support the charity My.Water.Org.

In the last months of 2012, Shoot Your Mouth will appear twice:

Sunday 6 November and Sunday 4 December,
adm.50 kc

Both shows will begin precisely at 19:30 at Iron Curtain – Propaganda pub
Michalská 12, Praha 1

For more information please visit our website

http://www.shootyourmouth.com

November 3rd, 2011

Christmas Carol Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets are now on sale for our upcoming production of A Christmas Carol. You can get tickets at the theater Literarni Kavarna, Retezova 10, Prague 1 or at the Globe Bookstore, Pstrossova 6, Prague 1 or by going to the online reservation system.

Full details about the production are available at http://christmascarol.pragueplayhouse.com!

October 28th, 2011

Prague Shakespeare Festival: King Lear & As You Like It

Prague Shakespeare Festival returns to Vysehrad Castle’s Summer Stage for 10 days and 2 new shows. After a 3 week run in Houston, Texas that received rave reviews, the company is back in Prague to share this year’s work: As You Like It and King Lear. The outdoor setting, complete with beer, sausages, and a wonderful atmosphere, is the perfect backdrop for experiencing the Bard’s work. The shows run May 19 – May 29.

This year is a particularly exciting project as it brings top Houston talent together with Czech artists, including Czech superstar Pavel Kříž.

Guy Roberts, Artistic Director of the Prague Shakespeare Festival says, “I am delighted to be working with such tremendously talented artists on this inspiring project. United by the universality of Shakespeare’s plays our company of European and American theatre artists, led by Czech favorite Pavel Kříž, will be giving audiences in Prague something very special indeed-two of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays performed in English by an outstanding collection of professional theatre artists in the beautiful setting of the Vyšehrad summer stage.”

AS YOU LIKE IT and KING LEAR by William Shakespeare
DIRECTOR: Guy Roberts, Artistic Director Prague Shakespeare Festival

DATES:
Thursday, May 19 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – As You Like It
Friday, May 20 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – As You Like It
Saturday, May 21 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – King Lear (with Pavel Kriz)
Sunday, May 22 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – King Lear (with Pavel Kriz)
Tuesday, May 24 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – King Lear (with Pavel Kriz)
Wednesday, May 25 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – As You Like It (with Pavel Kriz)
Thursday, May 26 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – King Lear (with Pavel Kriz)
Friday, May 27 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – As You Like It
Saturday, May 28 @ 19:00 (7:00pm) – King Lear
Sunday, May 29 @ 14:00 (2:00pm) – As You Like It

TICKETS:
200kc General Admission, 150kc Student/Senior
Available online: pokladna@praha-vysehrad.cz or by phone: 222.513.842
Available also at the Vyšehrad box office in person

LOCATION:
Letní Scéna – Summer Stage, Open-Air Theatre Vyšehrad Prague, Czech Republic

MORE INFO:
Guy Roberts, Artistic Director Prague Shakespeare Festival
www.pragueshakespeare.cz guy@pragueshakespeare.cz

1 comment May 11th, 2011

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown Opens Next Week!!

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown plays May 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 19:00 and there are matinees (perfect for kids) on the 14th and 21st at 14:00.

If you haven’t already booked your tickets to “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown”, you shouldn’t wait! Tickets are 250 Kc for general admission, 200 Kc for students and seniors and 150 Kc for children 10 and under.

We are so excited to bring this production to Prague for the first time! The musical is full of fun and energy and more fun! It is sure to sell out, so please don’t wait to book your tickets!

Visit the Charlie Brown website for full information!

May 4th, 2011

Divadlo Archa: CAMPO: An Anthology of Optimism

by Pieter de Buysser & Jacob Wren

May 10 & 11, 20:00 / Archa Theatre

Czech premiere (in English)

Fans of contemporary world drama have a reason for optimism. In May the Archa Theatre will present An Anthology of Optimism by Belgium’s CAMPO Theatre, a celebration of critical optimism directed by Jacob Wren and Pieter de Buysser that explores the dream of a better tomorrow.

Pieter De Buysser and Jacob Wren wrote a letter that began, “An Anthology of Optimism is a pre-emptive celebration of a critical optimism we tentatively hope will increase in the twenty-first century.” They sent the letter to writers, artists, thinkers, scientists, politicians and businesspeople all over the world, asking for a response, a contribution. This could be anything: a photograph, a piece of music, an object, a short text, a drawing or painting, a film or video, or something else entirely.

The setting for the lecture-performance is simple: Jacob and Pieter alone on stage, using the contributions they received as a framework for their own realizations and reflections, delightfully enacting a process of research into how critical optimism might function in our world. They take the spectator on a journey through the fragments of today’s dreams for tomorrow, gathered from different corners of the world.

Jacob Wren is a writer and maker of eccentric performances. His books include: Unrehearsed Beauty, Families are Formed through Copulation and Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed. As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created: En français comme en anglais, it’s easy to criticize, Unrehearsed Beauty / Le génie des autres, La famille se crée en copulant and the ongoing HOSPITALITÉ / HOSPITALITY series. He frequently writes about contemporary art. He first met Belgian writer, philosopher and theatre-maker Pieter De Buysser in 2000 in CAMPO nieuwpoort, Ghent (B). They felt a great affinity with each other and started an intensive correspondence resulting in An Anthology of Optimism.

The performance is in English with Czech subtitles.

Tickets CZK 290 (students CZK 190) on sale at the Archa Theatre box office and Ticketpro outlets.

May 4th, 2011

Akanda Presents Hedwig and the Angry Inch

“Don’t you know me? I’m the new Berlin Wall, baby. Try and tear me down!”

15, 16, 22, 23 April
all shows 19:30 at
IRON CURTAIN (formerly Propaganda)
Michalská 12, Praha 1
all tickets 200 kč
Email tickets@akanda.cz for reservations

Ladies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not, theatre AKANDA proudly presents HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH. This groundbreaking Off-Broadway cult musical tells the story of punk rock song stylist Hedwig Schmidt, a fourth-wall smashing East German rock ‘n’ roll goddess who also happens to be the victim of a sex-change operation gone wrong. This outrageous story is presented in the form of a rock concert and stand-up comedy routine of the blackest style. The action is moved along by Hedwig and her husband Yitzhak, a former Yugoslavian drag queen, and backed up by hard-rocking band The Angry Inch. Hedwig’s tale begins in East Berlin just before the downfall of Communism and then moves through the bleak landscapes of Midwestern America as she searches for wholeness and self-completion. Her saga finally culminates right here right now in a glam-spattered cellar in the center of Prague… easily one of the most perverse and unexpectedly beautiful stories ever told.

Under the guidance of Czech-Canadian director Mélanie Rada, an international cast of actors and musicians bring to life AKANDA’s interpretation of John Cameron Mitchell’s award-winning rock musical. Long-time Prague resident Jeff Fritz plays the title role of Hedwig opposite Uliana Elina, former frontwoman of Russian band SLOT and winner of the 2005 RAMP award for best female vocal, in the role of Yitzhak. Appearing as the Angry Inch are members of local Prague bands Broken Glass Extet and Tristram Trio lead by Ian Mikyska on guitar and Anar Yusufov on keys, with Tomáš Mika on bass and Pharoah Smeaton-Russell on drums. Production design and video projections created by Estonian artist Johanna-Mai Vihalem for the stage of Iron Curtain, a club, bar and restaurant containing numerous artifacts of the Cold War era and the memory of the dissidents who tore it all down.

For ticket reservations and info please visit our website www.akanda.cz

2 comments March 22nd, 2011

Blood, Love and Rhetoric Theatre presents Lovecraft: Devil’s Reef

3rd – 5th November at 19.30 – 21.30
and
6th November at 19:00 – 20:30 and at 21:00 till close

Blood, Love and Rhetoric are delighted to present an original adaptation of the famous 1920s horror author H.P Lovecraft for the stage in which they will bring you three of his short stories interwoven by an original play.

Agent Jablonski (Jim High) arrives at Arkham Asylum to interview three of their patients (Maithili Tideman, Jeff Fritz, Mel Rada) regarding an incident that happened in the mysterious town of Innsmouth. A story of accursed electrical machines, the possessed crew of a submarine and the awful legend surrounding Devils Reef, “Lovecraft” guarantees you a terrifying November holiday complete with the unspeakable and unutterable horror of the Cthulhu Mythos.  Written, adpated and directed by Logan Hillier.

Tickets 250kc/200kc
Available from the Globe Bookstore, and Shakespeare and Sons. 
Reservations by writing to info@bloodloverhetoric.com
Reserved tickets should be picked up 30 mins before the show

October 26th, 2010

Divadlo Na Zabradli To Produce Play In English

David Peimer, who teaches at NYU and has worked on several Prague Playhouse projects, is directing a play at Divadlo Na zabradli in English. The cast is mostly Czechs with some of the Black Snow company members thrown in for good measure. The play, a translation of a Polish play about Romanians, is called “A Couple of poor Polish speaking Romanians…” and was written by Dorota Maslowska.

Why Divadlo Na zabradli chose to do a translation of a Polish play into English for their first English-language production is something of a mystery to me, but it’s certainly an interesting choice. If it is successful (especially with tourists), I think we can start to see more theaters trying this out, which could be a boon to the English-speaking acting community here. I’m also curious to see how the Czech cast (the majority of the actors are non-native speakers) manages the English. Recent films shot in English (Bathory and Libuse) with Czech or Slovak casts have solidified my impression that acting well in another language is extremely difficult.

I have worked with David as a director and am very confident of his abilities and artistic sensibility, so if anyone can pull this off, he can.

The premier on June 3 is sold out, but there are still some spots left for the reprise on June 15. For tickets, you can call the Zabradli box office: 222 868 868

May 28th, 2010

Prague Shakespeare Festival: Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet FlierThe Prague Shakespeare Festival is roaring through rehearsals on the upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet. The show is set to go up May 25 at 19:00. The venue is the wonderful outdoor theater at Vyšehrad. Tickets are an incredibly reasonable 200 Kč general / 150 Kč students & seniors. For tickets, call  222.513.842 or email pokladna@praha-vysehrad.cz. If you have questions about the show, you want to buy an ad in the program or sponsor the show, you can contact me: brian@pragueplayhouse.com.

The show boasts a HUGE cast and many wonderful actors from around town. Full information is after the break:

ROMEO AND JULIET May 25, 26 & 27 @ 19:00

Open-Air Theatre, Vyšehrad – Prague

Prague Shakespeare Festival, Prague’s only professional English-language classical theatre company, is pleased to announce the limited engagement of a new production of William Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET by PSF Artistic Director Guy Roberts at the Open-Air Theater in Vyšehrad May 25-27, 2010 at 19:00.

One of the most beloved plays of all time, Shakespeare’s masterpiece Romeo & Juliet is the premiere PSF summer production on the outdoor, open-air stage at Vyšehrad, signaling a new annual tradition of  “Shakespeare at the other castle” in Prague.

Roberts states, “Romeo and Juliet is clearly the greatest love story of all time. The question to me seems to be how to retain the beauty and romance associated with our expectations of the play, while still making the language and story accessible to a modern audience? We don’t want to feel as if we are watching a piece of museum-theatre. By securing Romeo and Juliet in the past we are also distancing ourselves from the action of the play and allowing ourselves the freedom not to be transfigured by it. I think it is impossible to do a “period play.” Plays can only occur in today’s imagination – and that is where our play takes place. Shakespeare’s Verona is not unlike our Prague today. It is a world that bridges the ancient and the modern-a world that is refreshingly relevant. At the center of the entire play is love – the kind of life-changing, soul-transforming love that we all dream of but perhaps never believe we will really find.”

Fueled by the intense passions and moving poetry that the world has cherished for years, the play is presented in English under the direction of PSF Artistic Director Guy Roberts (who also appears as Mercutio) with a multi-cultural international company of artists: the titles roles will be performed by Lenka Novakova and Kendrick Ong. Returning to the stage, Emmy-nominated Casting Director Nancy Bishop (former Artistic Director of Black Box, Prague’s original English language theatre) is joined by Prague favorites Laura Baranik, Brian Caspe (Artistic Director Prague Playhouse), David Fisher (Artistic Director, Bear Educational Theatre), Vanessa Gendron (co-Artistic Director, Miloco), Curt Matthew, John Poston and Jeff Smith (co-Artistic Director, Miloco) among others. From the United States, Steve Zinkgraf co-stars as Lord Capulet. The production features costume designs by Tatiana Evonuk, scenic design by Ivana Nikolic and an original score by Ed Kliman. Amy Huck is the production stage manager and movement coach. Sidney Berger, Artistic Director of the Houston Shakespeare Festival, is the verse coach and Anezka Novak is the voice coach.

PRAGUE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

in association with

PZ Adventures, Mermaid Theatre Company, Classical Theatre Company (USA)
Prague Playhouse, Bear Educational Theatre & Miloco (Czech Republic)

presents

THE WORLD PREMIERE of a new production of

ROMEO AND JULIET
by
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

ADAPTED & DIRECTED BY GUY ROBERTS

DATES:
May 25, 26 & 27

CURTAIN TIME:
19:00

LOCATION:
Open-Air Theatre, Vyšehrad

TICKETS:
200kc General Admission,
150kc Student/Senior

RESERVATIONS:
pokladna@praha-vysehrad.cz
222.513.842 phone

ABOUT THE PRAGUE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

The Prague Shakespeare Festival presents an annual celebration of professional theatre productions, workshops, classes, lectures and other theatrical events, of the highest quality, conducted primarily in English by a multinational ensemble of professional theatre artists, with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, bringing to the Czech Republic, European and World audiences classical performances that are fresh, bold, imaginative, thought-provoking, and eminently accessible, connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today.

For interviews & more information about PSF and ROMEO AND JULIET contact

Guy Roberts
Artistic Director
Prague Shakespeare Festival
guy@pragueshakespeare.cz

May 2nd, 2010

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