Lecture by theatre studies specialist Lenka Jungmannová on the genesis of Havel’s first produced play, “The Garden Party” (1963), including presentations of five preserved versions (one newly discovered), the tracing of its motifs through the playwright’s previous work, and discussion of the influence of other theatrical personages on the creation of the play.
Diary entry for 10 July 2005, To the Castle and Back
„I’ve run away. I’ve run away to Hrádeček. I’m here alone and I feel uneasy. Everything reminds me of the decades I’ve been through in this place. I like it here. It’s my refuge, my existential home, but again and again I realize there’s no going back, and that by now I’m not the same person I was when I wrote my plays, prepared my experimental meals, threw light-hearted parties, and organised secret dissident meetings. I’m older, sicker, wearier.“
Václav Havel: Diary entry for 10 July 2005, To the Castle and Back, 2006