NY's rudemechanicals theatre company [sic] will celebrate the wind up of its inaugural season by presenting a strange choice of rotating repertory: Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Vaclav Havel's Largo Desolato at May 13-June 13, at NY's Greenwich Street Theater.
Co-artistic director, Dennis Trainor Jr. will direct Shakespeare's fantastical romantic comedy, while company member Derek Cecil helms the Havel piece.
When Havel wrote Desolato, his plays were banned from being performed. He is now the President of the Czech Republic.
In Desolato, for the crime of having written some offending paragraphs in a philosophical work, Leopold waits in a state of dread anticipation for the day when the police will fulfill their threat to spirit him away as a political prisoner. His waiting imposes a different kind of imprisonment, leaving him unable to do anything but dread their arrival. The play opened in America at The Public Theater in March of 1986, in a production directed by Richard Foreman.
For tickets ($12) and specific scheduling of the two productions, call (212) 269-4TIX. -- By Sean McGrath