Vaněk Unleashed

In July 2015 Alliance remounted

 Vaněk Unleashed

Capital Fringe Festival

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Composed by Maurice Saylor and written and directed by Susan Galbraith.

Audiences found Havel’s most beloved central character, Ferdinand Vaněk still struggling with issues of the slipperiness of identity as he careens imaginatively between prison and the more terrifying and absurd world outside. However, the work – Vaněk Unleashed – takes its performance style from two of our own country’s most popular forms, the American musical and silent screen comedy, in particular the work of Harry Langdon, who sits in the pantheon of clown greats with Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. It was said of Langdon that his film persona seemed to have been dropped to earth without a set of instructions. That could be said of our man Vaněk.

Performers:

Pamela Bierly Jusino*…….Eva

Ron Heneghan*…………….Landovsky, the Actor and Prison Foreman

Meghan McCall………………The Blonde Soprano

Drew Valins………………….Ferdinand Vaněk

Snark Ensemble Andrew Simpson (piano), Philip Carluzzo (percussion), Dale Barton (misc. reeds), Ben Redwine (misc. reeds), Jared Cazel (string bass), Joe Jackson (trombone) Musical Direction by Jason Solounias

Watch video clips of Vaněk Unleashed from Czech National TV

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