Vaclav Havel presents new play
Vaclav Havel was back in his original role as playwright on Wednesday, when, at a theatre in Prague, the former Czech president presented the book form of "Odchazeni", or "Leaving". The long awaited and widely discussed play will appear in the bookshops in less than a two week's time. However, Mr Havel's first new play in 18 years will not be premiered until the end of May or the beginning of June.
"I think some journalists or viewers may try to see it this way. But I don't think producers will do that. Because I am in contact with them and I explain a lot to them, especially if they are from this country."
On the other hand, Vaclav Havel admits that years in the presidential post provided him with various situations and motifs. He also found inspiration in Shakespeare's King Lear and Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. Vaclav Havel says it can address any kind of audience.
"Odchazeni was written, just like my previous plays, for everyone who is interested and who will come to see it. My pieces have been staged all over the world for all kinds of audiences. But we don't have to conceal the fact that drama, especially this one, is a minority genre. Most people don't go to the theatre nowadays. They prefer to watch the television. Now they also have the Internet or they go to the cinema."
"I always get a little bit nervous, but not too much. After all those years I have grown used to it. I have seen various stagings of my plays and some of them were really grotesque. But I believe it can turn out really well at the Na Vinohradech theatre."
Even before it hits the bookshops, Odchazeni is already being translated into English and other languages.