Vaclav Havel to Receive Unclaimed Obie Awards at Panel With Albee, Smith, Horovitz and Shawn Dec. 4

Vaclav Havel will officially receive his two unclaimed Obie Awards — for his 1970 play The Increased Difficulty of Concentration and his 1983-84 three-play cycle A Private View — during a panel discussion at the Public Theater Dec. 4 at 7 PM.

Havel could not claim his Obies because he was under house arrest in what was then Communist-controlled Czechoslovakia. Havel's third Obie, for The Memorandum at the Public Theater in 1968, was smuggled to him by Public founder Joseph Papp.

The panel, which will discuss Havel's work, includes Edward Albee, Wallace Shawn, Anna Deavere Smith and Israel Horovitz.

The Village Voice Theater Critic and Obie Awards chair Michael Feingold, along with the actress Olympia Dukakis, who appeared in The Memorandum, will present Havel with a certificate for all three awards.

The Memorandum and A Private View were at the Public Theater. The company has also presented the Havel plays Largo Desolato, directed by Richard Foreman in 1986, and Temptation in 1989.

The panel is sold out, but standby tickets may be available at the door. The Public Theater is at 425 Lafayette Street.