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Moravian College Theatre Company to Present “The Memorandum”

Play written Czechoslovakian president and playwright Vaclav Havel has special meaning

Bethlehem, Pa., January 31, 2013 – The Moravian College Theatre Company will present the play, “The Memorandum,” from Thursday, February 21 through Sunday, February 24, in the Arena Theatre of the Haupert Union Building, at Moravian College.

The Memorandum written by Czechoslovakian playwright, Vaclav Havel, is “a comedy with absurdist political satire,” says Director Christopher Shorr. It revolves around the uncontrollable Communist rule over Eastern Europe, and how the citizens react to the chaos. The foundation of a false language, “Ptydepe,” makes office communications worse, instead of better. The anarchy seen throughout the play creates a relatable situation to people across the globe. The play’s cast is made up of current Moravian students. Dr. Christopher Jones, a biology professor, and Julia Gasdaska, a Moravian alumna, will also perform on stage.

Havel became the president of Czechoslovakia in 1989 when Communism was eradicated. Around this time, the country began to divide, so he was responsible for overseeing a smooth separation. The Czech Republic and Slovakia were created in 1993, in which Havel became president of the Czech Republic.

This play is significant to Moravian College, because the Moravian Church was founded in Czechoslovakia, and Bishop John Amos Comenius was born there. Havel travelled to Moravian College in 1991 to rededicate the statue of John Amos Comenius on Main Street. Christopher Shorr, director of the Moravian College Theatre Company, once lived and worked in Czechoslovakia during Havel’s presidency. Shorr specifically chose to move to Prague, because he was so inspired a playwright had been elected President of the country. After his death in 2011, Moravian College decided to perform one of his plays in memory of him.

Show times are at 8 p.m. on Thursday night through Saturday night, and 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Tickets for Moravian theater events can be purchased at www.LVArtsBoxOffice.org, click here for tickets to In Memorandum. Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please If you have any further questions, please contact Christopher Shorr at 610-861-1489 or email cshorr@moravian.edu at least one week prior to the event.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Moravian partners with students to build a strong foundation for their future. Visit the College’s Web site at www.moravian.edu.