the gilded red cage
BaPoDi from Slovakia

The Club

March 13 & 14, 2010
Saturday at 10:00pm
Sunday at 5:30pm

Tickets $15
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Written and performed by Silvester Lavrik and Katarina Morhacova (Slovakia)
Photography Exhibit by Radek Jahudka (Czech Republic)
A project with the New York Public Library, the Consulate General of Slovakia in New York and Plus421 Foundation

The Gilded Red Cage is an original production of two dramatic monologues performed in English by Silvester Lavrik and Katarina Morhacova and a hard-hitting exhibit of documentary photos from revolutionary times in former Czechoslovakia. The show tells the hilarious and sexy stories of a woman and a man who were touched by the Velvet Revolution and lived to tell the tale.  The joy, excitement and disbelief of 1989 return for an evening…

The project’s author and director is Silvester Lavrik, one of Slovakia's top contemporary playwrights, Guest Director at the Slovak National Theatre and national columnist on politics and public affairs.  The photo exhibit is created by Radek Jahudka, well-known graphic designer and art director from the Czech film industry.  More on the theatrical pieces:

The Gilded Red Cage Part I: Hana’s Shame– the intimate internal dialogue of a woman in love whose young life spans the socialist and post-socialist periods in Slovakia.  In a 60-minute piece bursting with an array of emotions, we watch Hana come to terms with one fact - the main figures in her life at once love her and destroy her. 

The Gilded Red Cage Part II: The Canary who Ate the Cat– a 50-minute tour de force by the author himself, who plays a character typical of the last 40 years in the East – a chameleon-turncoat-survivor who can promise anything and deliver nothing…and still be beloved.  Accompanied by hilarious “golden oldies” on the accordion (delivered in Lavrik’s smooth baritone), the piece illustrates a personality we all know, love…and hate.  Most of all, it illustrates the essence of the socialism’s multiple contradictions, including the role of the Catholic Church.

This production is part of Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe, a festival coordinated by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, November 2009-March 2010.

This project is implemented with the generous financial support of the International Visegrad Fund, Open Society Foundation and Central European Foundation in Bratislava.

International Visegrad Fund

Open Society Fundation

Central European Foundation in Bratislava

Silvester Lavrik
Born in 1964 in Spissky Stiavnik, Slovakia, he spent the early years of his career as a school teacher and later became an advertising copywriter and creative director.  Mr. Lavrik studied theater direction at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and collaborated with various theaters in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, including: the Slovak National Theatre in Bratislava, The Trnava Theatre, The Astorka Korzo ’90 Theatre, The City theatre of Zlin in the Czech Republic, the SG Theatre in Budapest, as well as others.  He is a two-time winner of the Alfred Radok Prize (1995 and 1997), and a winner of the Culture Ministry’s Creative Achievement of the Year Prize (1996 and 1998). His work spans various media, including plays for Slovak Radio in Bratislava and Czech Radio in Brno and the Czech Television series “Eyes for Crying” (2002).  His publishing debut came in 2002 with a collection of short stories entitled Allegro Barbaro, followed by the dramatic monologue Villa Lola (2004), a text and pictorial publication Slovakia in Summer (2004) and two collections of short stories entitled Thieves (2005) and Perokresba (Pen & Ink, 2007).  Mr. Lavrik’s theatre-related work includes over 20 plays. Currently, he is Strategic Planning Director for Radio Devin (Slovak National Radio) and continues to actively write and direct works of theatre.

Katarina Morhacova
Born in Bratislava, Katarina Morhacova grew up in Prague and in Banska Bystrica in Central Slovakia.  She now lives in New York and Los Angeles.  In addition to her main career as a film actress, she also acts in theatre and works as an independent film writer and producer.  Ms. Morhacova has won numerous awards, including Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2008 Black Swamp Film Festival and an Official Selection at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival for a special screening, among others. She is also holder of the Stanislavski MXAT Best Young Performer Award presented to her in Moscow in 2005.  Her performances in off-Broadway and regional theatres include:  A Girl’s War (World Premiere) with the Anahid New Repertory Theatre and PERICLES with the American Repertory Theatre (Directed by Andrei Serban).  Her international theatre work has taken her to Russia, Canada, Italy and France, including a role in No Exit (in French) in Paris, Directed by Stephanie Grenoux.  She attended the Vakhtangov School in Moscow, Russia where she studied acting and dance for theatre.  Her languages include fluent Czech, Slovak, English, French, Russian and intermediate Italian.

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