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The Eugene Lang College Arts Program presents Václav Havel’s play Temptation in a production directed by Zishan Ugurlu, with music by Stefania de Kenessey (Lang faculty members in The Arts). The cast of the production is made up of students of Eugene Lang College. Performances took place Thursday, March 6, through Sunday, March 9 at La MaMa E.T.C. Annex Theater in the East Village.
A longtime human rights activist, Václav Havel was the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic. Temptation, a retelling of the Faust legend set in a scientific institute in a totalitarian state, is informed by Havel’s own experience in Czechoslovakia under a government that governed by coercion and fear and demanded conformity.
This production of Temptation is set in post-9/11 New York City, where a culture of surveillance and suspicion is rapidly becoming the norm. Through the use of multimedia techniques, the play explores questions of science, technology, privacy, and morality.
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