Dozens of Cousins

by  Jan Novak, Vaclav Havel

Short Play, Satire/Political Satire  /  2m, 2f

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Samuel French is happy to make available the first English translation of Dozens of Cousins – originally published in Czech in 2009, shortly after Havel’s presidency. This tensioned-filled one act is widely regarded as a contemporary sequel to Havel’s Vaněk series. It is in fact a post script to his one-act play Unveiling. The same characters meet many years later and play the same one-up-manship games in a new context. Communism has died with a whimper and the Free World becons with its exotic vacations, drugs and culinary extremes.

It would pair well with a number of Havel’s short plays, including Audience and Protest.

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Jan Novak

Jan Novak

Vaclav Havel

Václav Havel (1936 – 2011) was born in Prague, and was the first president of post-communist Czechoslovakia and the proceeding Czech Republic. In addition to his notoriety from a long history of Czech political involvement, he is regarded as one of the most influential European playwrights. His plays include The Memora ...

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