Acts of Courage

Acts of Courage

Vaclav Havel's Life in the Theater

Book - 2005
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While most books about Václav Havel are concerned with his role as dissident, activist, and then president of the Czech Republic, Rocamora's (New York University's Tisch School of the Arts) examines Havel's life as a playwright. She tells his story chronologically, from childhood in the 1940s, through presidency in the early 2000s, and addresses his work in theater in great detail, along with his relationships with other writers, and his legacy as a playwright. The book includes a chronology of plays, and photographs of productions. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Kraus Pub Inc

Vaclav Havel – dissident, human rights activist, essayist, philosopher, politician, founder, and president of the Czech Republic – is known throughout the world as a hero of the human rights movement and martyr for the “right to write” (he was imprisoned many times under communism in his country). But few of us in the West know that he is also his country’s most famous dramatist. In fact, his presidency has eclipsed his playwriting. This book tells the dramatic story of his life in the theater during three dark decades under communism, and the extreme risks that he and many others took to put on his plays. The book also discusses his ten full-length plays and eight one-acts – plays that not only tell the story of his country but also helped to change it. For those of us who work in the theater, his story is a powerful and moving one about what it means to be a playwright, a story wherein writing for the theater is an act of courage.

Publisher: Hanover, NH : Smith and Kraus, 2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781575253442
Branch Call Number: 891.86254 HAV
Characteristics: xx, 490 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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