March 29, 2013
PVCC Theatre Presents The Memorandum April 10-14
Charlottesville, VA - The Piedmont Virginia Community College Theatre Department will present The Memorandum, a satire by Czech playwright and politician Václav Havel, April 10-13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 14 at 2:30 p.m. in the Main Stage Theatre in the V. Earl Dickinson Building. General admission tickets are $10 adults and $6 seniors/students.
The Memorandum is an absurd comedy about bureaucratic rules, how humans function in a system, and the language that ties them all together - or "knot" as the case may be.
Co-directed by Emma Givens, artistic director of Meat and Bones Theatre Company in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Adam Smith, PVCC's production of The Memorandum will showcase the vitality and creativity these young directors bring to this Soviet-era work still relevant today.
First produced in Prague in 1965, The Memorandum pits the struggle for power against humanist values in the context of a bureaucracy. When a memo, written in a new language designed to minimize human ambiguity and maximize efficiency, circulates around the office, it reveals the workers' struggle for authenticity and against conformity. The cast includes PVCC students and local community members.
Havel (1936-2011) was a dominant figure in the 1989 demonstrations in Prague that brought about the end of Communist rule and was later chosen as the Czech Republic's first president. Havel received worldwide recognition for his work promoting human rights and has been widely recognized as one of the most important intellectuals and artists of his time.
Tickets are available by calling the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376 and charging them to a VISA or MasterCard, or by purchasing them at Sidetracks, University of Virginia Arts Box Office, Greenberry's Coffee or the PVCC Cashier's Office during normal business hours. Tickets can also be purchased at the PVCC Box Office within two hours before each performance.
The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located at the south end of College Drive. Ample, free, well-lit parking is located in front of the building. For more information contact the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or log on to www.pvcc.edu/performingarts.