In commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of the birth of Václav Havel,

Alliance for New Music-Theatre

in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic

and the President Woodrow Wilson House presents


a play by Václav Havel

directed by Susan Galbraith

with actors Drew Valins and David Millstone


In celebration of Havel’s 80th anniversary in September, Alliance for New Music-Theatre, The Embassy of the Czech Republic and The President Woodrow Wilson House will present “Protest” by Václav Havel’s– playwright, activist, political prisoner, and president of the former Czechoslovakia and then the Czech Republic.


Special Private Performance at the Czech Ambassador’s Residence followed by 

2016 Public Performances:

Sept. 27 & 28, 7 pm WOODROW WILSON HOUSE | Tickets: $20 available at or 202/792-5807

2340 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Performance note:  The Wednesday, Sept 28 performance is Sold Out, so The President Woodrow Wilson House is pleased to offer another live performance the previous night on Tuesday Sept 27 at 7 pm of Havel’s “Protest” in the Wilsons’ Dining Room–just the way it was intended to be dramatized!

Sept. 29, 7 pm CZECH CENTER IN NY | Admission is free, RSVP not required

321 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021

This performance is part of a special Václav Havel Celebration in New York City launched by Mayor Bill de Blasio.


The production is designed to acknowledge the courage and the camaraderie that conjoined in the original stagings, called “apartment performances.” Havel and other publicly banned artists found this radical   solution as a way to share their works with their audiences as private living room performances.  The performances were known for their intimacy, their sly in-jokes about notable Czech artists (including Havel himself taking on the role of Vaněk,) and their tongue-in-cheek pokes at the Soviet-controlled country. The play exposes life under a totalitarian regime and the thin line between acquiescence and culpability.

Susan Galbraith, Artistic Director of the Alliance, directs “Protest”. Andrew Valins returns to the role of Vaněk for his third production in The Havel Project. The production also features David Millstone, who performed the role of Father in Kafka’s Metamorphosis in the Alliance’s production both in D.C. and Prague.