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.
„The overall question, then, is this: What profound intellectual and moral impotence will the nation suffer tomorrow, following the castration of its culture today? I fear that the baneful effects on society will outlast by many years the particular political interests that gave rise to them. So much more guilty, in the eyes of history, are those who have sacrificed the country’s spiritual future for the sake of their present power interests.“
Václav Havel: Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay, April 8, 1975