Václav Havel on Leaving, Playwriting, and Politics

Václav Havel on Leaving, Playwriting, and Politics

Excerpt: Václav Havel, the late renowned playwright and former President of the Czech Republic, speaks at the The Wilma Theater on May 26, 2010 with Tom Sellar, editor of Theater magazine, translator Paul Wilson, and Jiri Zizka.


“Perhaps as a result of not being an adventurous sort, I was condemned to live an adventurous life.” —Václav Havel

Václav Havel, the late renowned playwright and former President of the Czech Republic, visited The Wilma Theater on May 26, 2010 to see the American premiere of his first play in 20 years, Leaving, a wry political tragicomedy about a recently retired chancellor of an unnamed European country who struggles with questions of truth and power. The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage hosted President Havel at the Wilma for an interview conducted in front of an audience made up primarily of theater professionals.

Watch an excerpt of this interview above, featuring President Havel, Tom Sellar, editor of Theater magazine, translator Paul Wilson, and Jiri Zizka. Then watch the full interview below (running time: 65:02) or download the transcript of the discussion as a PDF >

Full video: Václav Havel, the late renowned playwright and former President of the Czech Republic, speaks at the The Wilma Theater on May 26, 2010 with Tom Sellar, editor of Theater magazine, translator Paul Wilson, and Jiri Zizka. Running time: 65:02.
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