September 12, 2015, 2:00 PM
On September 10, 2015, the Embassy of Czech Republic welcomed the Alliance for New Music-Theatre to its stage to present the theatrical reading of R.U.R.: A Retro-Futuristic Musical, directed by Susan Galbraith with music by Maurice Saylor. The production, based on Karel Čapek’s R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) written in 1920s, opened with a short improvisational sketch where the ensemble came into the room saying, "We've found survivors!" The talented five-member ensemble included John Boulanger (Alquist), Nick DePinto (Harry Domain), Ari Jacobson (Marius, Dr. Gall), Pam Bierly Jusino (Sulla, Emma), and Meghan McCall (Helena Glory). R.U.R.: A Retro-Futuristic Musical took the audience back to the future in the new musical adaptation and unveiling of Čapek’s 1920s play foreseeing the rise of artificial intelligence and its possible implications. About 120 people attended the performance followed by a debate over the meaning and contemporary context of Čapek´s play.
September 04, 2015, 9:00 AM
Ambassador Petr Gandalovič launched the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2015 – Karel Čapek, on September 3, 2015, in an evening of 1920s jazz music and dance, featuring Czech pianist Jana Otáhalová and the Fidgety Feet dance duo Lily Matini and Kevin Crandell. The evening paid tribute to celebrated author Karel Čapek, a true visionary of his time. Čapek’s lasting legacy includes such milestone works as Rossum’s Universal Robots (R.U.R.), The Absolute at Large, and War with the Newts. In the Ambassador’s opening remarks, he called Čapek a forerunner to such science fiction giants as George Orwell (Animal Farm) and Aldous Huxley (Brave New World). Over 150 people attended the event, with Cultural Attaché Robert Řehák presenting an overview of Karel Čapek’s life and work, followed by a short introduction into the highlights of the festival. He also offered a special surprise, revealing a series of graphic illustrations by Karel’s brother, Josef, borrowed from private collections and on view to the public for the first time.
August 28, 2015, 10:40 AM
“There was no writer like him (Karel Čapek)...prophetic assurance mixed with surrealistic humor and hard-edged social satire: a unique combination.” ~American playwright Arthur Miller
The Embassy of the Czech Republic announces the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2015 – Karel Čapek, celebrating the legacy of the world-renowned author through events in the nation’s capital from September 3–November 21, 2015. Enjoy theatrical performances, lectures, a special concert, and more!
Photo Courtesy of the Karel Čapek Memorial
Olga Scheinpflugová and Karel Čapek
May 07, 2015, 3:08 PM
The Embassy of the Czech Republic announces the launch of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2015 – Karel Čapek website www.mutualinspirations.org. This site features upcoming events, stories about Čapek’s life, US-Czech inspirational personalities, and more. Be sure to check the website periodically for updates of new events and information leading up to the festival this fall.
Photo Courtesy: Karel Čapek Memorial
Karel Čapek and his brother Josef
April 22, 2015, 11:26 PM
This site is currently under construction. The Embassy of the Czech Republic will launch the website of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2015 on May 9, during the EU Open House. We look forward to sharing upcoming festival events with you, as well as the works of Karel Čapek.