The Velvet Oratorio

Author: Edward Einhorn

The Velvet Oratorio

Description: A retelling of the Velvet Revolution through found text, choral music, and scenes inspired by Václav Havel's Vanêk plays.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2009
Date Added: 1/31/2014
Content Advisory:
1 Act, 70 Minutes
3 Females, 10 Males

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Keywords: Brechtian · Comedy · Documentary · Historical · Large Cast Size · Many Locations · Mostly Male Characters · Politics · Protests

This play is in the following collections: Untitled Theater Company #61

Original Production Information

The Velvet Oratorio was produced November 19, 2009 at Bruno Walter Auditorium, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
(at Lincoln Center)

The Velvet Oratorio was produced November 30, 2009 at Bohemian National Hall with the following cast and crew:

Civic Forum: Craig Anderson
Embassy Aide: Timothy Babcock
Communist Spokesman: Danny Bowes
Vanek: Peter Brown
Martin 1: Jonathan Farmer
Shirley Temple Black: Andrea Gallo
Michael: Joe Gately
Martin 2: Josh Hartung
Student: Uma Incrocci
Stanek: Eric Oleson
Vera: Yvonne Roen
Guard: Tony Torn
Members of the Choir of Saint Mary the Virgin Times Square

Music/Staging: Henry Akona
Dramaturgy: Karen Ott
Musical Director: James Kennerley
Video Designer: Jared Mezzochi
Costume Designer: Carla Gant
Lighting Designer (BNH): Jeff Nash
Assistant Director: Tom Berger
Stage Manager: Marissa Bea
Concert Master: Michael Midlarsky