OLGA at Rehearsal for Truth Festival

VHLF | Foto: Bochert

The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation invites Barbora Schnelle and Henning Bochert to direct a staged reading of Anna Saavedra’s play Olga-Horrors from the Havel Cottage at the Rehearsal for Truth Festival 2023.

Translation: Eva Daníčková

Cast: Natalia Payne, Jeff Biehl, Ethan Hova, Jason Liebman.

14 April 2023, 7:30pm
Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY, 10021, United States

The world premiere production of the play by Divadlo LETÌ from Prague was a guest at our festival New Czech Theater in Berlin in 2018.

The collaboration had already been planned for 2020, but was canceled due to pandemic restrictions. Now we are happy that we can pick up the thread again.

NATALIA PAYNE — Natalia’s New York theater credits include Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Keen Company), Fairview (Soho Rep, TFANA – 2019 Pulitzer Prize), The Last Match (Roundabout), Me, Myself & I (Playwrights Horizons), Aliens with Extraordinary Skills (WP Theater), Jailbait (Cherry Lane), New Jerusalem (Classic Stage Company), deathvariations (59E59). Regionally, Natalia has appeared at Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep, Arena Stage, The Old Globe, Studio Theater (Helen Hayes Award nomination), New York Stage & Film, and The O’Neill. TV: Recurring roles on “Workin’ Moms” (CBC/Netflix) and “Cardinal” (CTV/Hulu), and guest appearances on “Law & Order: S.V.U.” (NBC), “Sensitive Skin” (HBO Canada), “Ransom” (CBS), “Murdoch Mysteries” (CBC), “Reign” (CW), “Dark Matter” (SYFY). Film: The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, The Word, Crazy Love. Natalia has also narrated numerous audiobooks (AudioFile Earphone Award winner) and is a frequent narrator for Apple News + Audio. Originally from Toronto, Natalia speaks Ukrainian and French, in addition to English. BA in Theater Studies from Yale University. More on her website.

JEFF BIEHL – Broadway: Machinal (Roundabout). Off-Broadway: The Unbelieving (The Civilians), The Merchant of Venice (TFANA), Life Sucks (Drama Desk Nom. Outstanding Actor, Wheelhouse), Catch As Catch Can (Page73), Charles Francis Chan’s Jr’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery (NAATCO), 10 Out of 12 (Soho Rep), Poor Behavior (Primary Stages), Burning (New Group), Issac’s Eye (EST). Regional: premieres at Yale Rep, Denver Center, Woolly Mammoth, and Humana Festival. FILM: Worth, A Master Builder, Ricki and the Flash. TV: The Path, Vinyl, Mysteries of Laura, Forever, Southland, all Law & Orders. Juilliard. More here. (Foto: Josiah Bania)

ETHAN HOVA – Ethan has appeared on Broadway in The Nap as well as the Broadway National Tour of The Humans. He has performed internationally in Abu Dhabi and all over the United States: Guards at the Taj (Woolly Mammoth), Intelligence (Arena Stage), (Not) Water (New Georges), and The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra (CTC/LaMaMa). His television credits include New Amsterdam, NCIS, Blue Bloods, FBI, Blacklist, Blindspot, Search Party, and more. He holds a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University and has dedicated much of his career to advancing new play development through readings and workshops. Find more info here. (Foto: David Noles)

JASON LIEBMAN – – Some theatre credits include Tiger Style! (Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Conference), Finks (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Dunkfest ’88 & Tapefaces (Ars Nova), Playing in Traffic (Women’s Project), Fight Girl Battle World, Men of Steel & Living Dead in Denmark (Vampire Cowboys), Hamlet (New World Theatre). Film: Emoticon ;), Motion Sickness, Arranged. TV: Gossip Girl, Plot Against America, Bull, Law & Order, and (saved the best for last…) Big Wolf on Campus. Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. Find more on his website. (Foto: Christine Jean Chambers)

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