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Two Staged Readings - Audience & Unveiling

By Václav Havel

Audience directed by Lee Vogt

Unveiling directed by Meira Perelstein

Sunday - April 28, 2013 at  7 p.m.

ONE NIGHT ONLY - Pay What You Can - suggested donation $5 - $8

Two of Havel's "Vanek" plays - "Audience" and "Unveiling", plus a spoken word piece by the Swedish write Gunnar Ekelof. "Audience", directed by Lee Vogt, details the conversation between a Czech writer in internal exile at a brewery, and his brewmaster, who is trying to get him to become a collaborator.

"Unveiling", directed by Meira Perelstein, concerns a couple who have given in and become collaborators - they wish to show Vanek their newly remodeled apartment, and all the other fine benefits they have accrued. He comes to find that their next "remodeling project" is him!


By Vaclav Havel, translated by Jan Novak

directed by Lee Vogt

Mark Holobetz



Tim Bishop



City Bells – a spoken word piece

By Gunnar Ekelöf, translated by Erik Thygesen

Mark Holobetz



Lee Vogt




By Vaclav Havel, translated by Jan Novak

directed by Meira Perelstein

Ben Grubb



Catherine Tandy



Ben Ortega




Sunday, April 28th, 2013, 7 p.m., Live Oak Theatre, Berkeley, CA                       

Gunnar Ekelöf is today recognized as perhaps Sweden's greatest lyric poet. Our extract is from one of his four major essay collections, Promenader (Walks, 1941). was a Swedish poet and writer. He was a member of the Swedish Academy from 1958. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate in philosophy by Uppsala University in 1958. He won a number of prizes for his poetry.

Lee Vogt began his relationship with Live Oak Theater in 1978 in Shaw's The Shewing Up of Blanco Posnet. More recently he has been seen with Actors Ensemble in Communicating Doors and Antigone.  Now, Lee is grateful for the opportunity to help present one of Havel's works, and especially grateful for the opportunity to present an essay by Gunnar Ekelöf, perhaps Sweden's greatest lyric poet, introduced to Lee by the Chilean poet, David Rosenmann-Taub.

Meira Perelstein  has been seen in numerous Actors Ensemble productions such as The Matchmaker, and A Hot Day in Ephesus, and is now making her debut as a director at Live Oak Theatre with tonight’s performance of Unveiling.

Ben Ortega has been steadily acting since moving to California in 1996, and has worked with theatres all over the Bay Area.  He was last seen as Michael in Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage at Altarena Playhouse in Alameda.  Ben studied acting at UCLA and privately with Lisa Chess.

Tim Bishop has been a patron of the theatre arts for many years, but the last time he trod the boards was when he played The Mad Hatter in his sixth grade production of Alice in Wonderland. He has finally recovered from the mercury fumes and is delighted to be back on stage again. He thanks Jerome and the Eggers family for their loyal support of his dramatic endeavors.

Ben Grubb has been seen at Actor's Ensemble in True West (Lee), LUV (Milt) and Passion Play (“Passion Director”) Other Bay Area appearances include MacBeth (MacDuff), Into the Woods (Baker), and Subterranean Shakespeare's staged reading series, most recently The Bronte Cycle.  He'd like to thank Abby, Josh, and the folks at Habitat for their help and support.

Catherine Tandy is a recent transplant from Brooklyn, and just completed a run with the SF Fringe Festival this past fall – starring in Stalking Christopher Walken, which won Best of Fringe! Previously, on the East Coast, Catherine was in a slew of different productions...and is hoping to continue bolstering my theater career here in the Bay.

Pay What You Can - Suggested donation $5 - $8  ONE NIGHT ONLY. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Seats are first-come / first-served.

Tags: Staged Readings

Thank You

Actors Ensemble of Berkeley is delighted to acknowledge the Berkeley Civic Arts Program and Civic Arts Commission's support in the form of a grant of $8,000.00 awarded in 2017. Also, a thank you to Theatre Bay Area for a grant of $2,500.00.

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