Protest Performances

Václav Havel’s PROTEST

Presented by Alliance for New Music-Theatre and Dupont Underground

at DU’s new Subterranean Arts & Cultural Center

 May 10-20, 2017 for 16 performances

Tickets available on the Dupont Underground Website

Alliance for New Music-Theatre is going underground – literally. Starting May 10, in celebration of Dupont Underground’s Workspace Residency Program and Alliance for New Music-Theatre’s inclusion as “Theatre in Residence,” , Alliance will offer performances of a work whose origins were also “underground.”

As part of Václav Havel’s 80th anniversary year, Alliance and DU join to present a “Vaněk” play Protest, that exposes a society that spies on its citizens and the thin line between acquiescence and culpability, between comedy and creepy terror.

Tickets available on the Dupont Underground Website

Performance Schedule:

  • Wednesday, May 10, 8pm – Opening night/ Press night
  • Thursday, May 11, 8 pm
  • Friday, May 12, 8 pm
  • Saturday, May 13, 3 pm
  • Saturday, May 13, 8 pm
  • Tuesday, May 16, 8 pm – Theatre Industry night – Special event
  • Wednesday, May 17, 8pm
  • Thursday, May 18, 8 pm
  • Friday, May 19, 8 pm
  • Saturday, May 20, 3 pm
  • Saturday, May 20, 8 pm
  • Sunday, May 21, 3 pm matinee

PLUS – 4 noontime performances

  • Friday, May 12, 12 noon
  • Monday, May 15, 12 noon
  • Thursday, May 18, 12 noon
  • Friday, May 19, 12 noon

Tickets available on the Dupont Underground Website

Following its run at DU, the Alliance returns to Prague where the Prague Fringe Festival has awarded the company a special venue.


Past Performances of Protest

September 25-29,  Alliance for New Music-Theatre mounted four sold-out  “apartment performances” of Vaclav Havel’s play Protest in three different venues and in two cities (Washington D.C. and New York City.)  The first was by special invitation of Ambassador Petr Gandalovič and held at the Ambassador’s residence for invited guests, including Dagmar Havlová, Havel’s widow, and the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament, Jan Hamáček, with his special delegation. Performances the following two nights were by special invitation of Robert Enholm at The Woodrow Wilson House. Finally, the company hightailed it to New York City to be part of the three-day celebration announced by Mayor De Blasio to celebrate Havel’s 80th birthday. The show was performed in the unique Gallery Space at the Czech Center.

The response of audience members afterwards demonstrated how powerful Havel’s play is — across time and how it spoke up slyly in protest to the totalitarian regime. With his incisive hits against the undermining of the individual by such a system, his understanding of human psychology, his courage to expose his own weakness in the alter-ego of his character, Vaněk, and most especially his impish wit, Havel makes us wince but also laugh.  The work carries within it a spirit of universality as it probes into the importance of individual conscience and choice.

September 25th – Performance at the Czech Ambassador’s Residence

September 25th – Rehearsal at the Czech Ambassador’s Residence