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The Pig, or Václav Havel's Hunt for a Pig

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The Pig, or Václav Havel's Hunt for a Pig

The Pig, or Václav Havel's Hunt for a Pig is the final work by Václav Havel, co-authored by Vladimír Morávek. The English translation is by Edward Einhorn . Originally a short dialogue from 1987 (entitled simply The Pig) and printed in a samizdat, the piece is a comic (and true) story of Václav Havel’s efforts to hold a pig roast for his friends.

In 2010, Morávek rediscovered the dialogue and decided to stage it. He began by giving lines to characters only mentioned in passing, but then made a more radical choice: he added sections from one of the most beloved Czech works, The Bartered Bride. This new version was the centerpiece of a theater festival in Brno that June.

The English translation was performed at the 3LD Art & Technology Center in New York as part of the Ohio Theater's Ice Factory [1] It was later published by Theater 61 Press.[2] It was remounted in 2014 at 3LD Art + Technology Center.[3]

The cast and production team of this play[4] consisted of the following:


  • Director - Henry Akona
  • Choreographer - Patrice Miller
  • Stage Manager - Elizabeth Irwin
  • Assistant Musical Director - Melissa Elledge
  • Assistant Director - Joe Pilowski
  • Dramaturg - Karen Lee Ott
  • Set Designer - Jane Stein
  • Lighting Designer - Jeff Nash
  • Costume Designer - Carla Gant
  • Projection Designers - Kate Freer & David Tennet
  • Sound Operator - Will Campbell
  • Band Coordinator - Yvonne Roen


  • American Journalist - Katherine Boynton
  • Accordian - Melissa Elledge
  • Ensemble - Elizabeth Figols-Galagarza
  • Kešot/Ensemble - John Gallop III
  • Camera Op - Andrew Goldsmith
  • Havel - Robert Honeywell
  • Fanda/Choral Leader/Trombone - Michael Hopewell
  • Violin - Amanda Lo
  • Cello - Michael Midlarsky
  • Tap Master's Wife/Ensemble/Clarinet - Jenny Lee Mitchell
  • Grip - Mateo Moreno
  • Tomačka/Ensemble/Violin - Phoebe Silva
  • Soprano Soloist/Ensemble - Moira Stone
  • Tenor Soloist/Ensemble - Terrence Stone
  • Tap Master/Ensemble - Michael Whitney
  • Olga/Ensemble/Flute - Sandy York

External links

  • The Pig, or Václav Havel's Hunt for a Pig | Translator's Note Theater 61 Press website


  1. ^ The PigBackstage review,
  2. ^ The Havel Collection
  3. ^ reviewNew York Times
  4. ^ Havel, Vaclav. "The Havel Collection". Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
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