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Thursday , April 10 , 2014 , 08:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Directed by Lily Whitsitt '06 Scenic Design by Marcela Oteiza Costume Design by Leslie Weinberg "Vatzlav is a three-ring circus of a comedy, cataloguing the injustices--and the sheer craziness--of civilization." --The New York Times Vatzlav is a castaway slave in search of a new life and identity. After a tempest leaves him shipwrecked, he washes up on a remote island where he encounters a zany cast of characters including a blind Oedipus, a wealthy bloodsucking couple, and their son who pretends to be a bear while instigating a revolution. This panoramic political farce is a mash-up of 18th-century French philosophical tales like Voltaire's "Candide" and the Marquis de Sade's "Justine." In 77 brisk episodic scenes, a bizarre and biting tale unfolds about the absurd mechanisms of power. Wesleyan alumna Lily Whitsitt '06 directs. Dissident Polish playwright Slawomir Mrozek wrote "Vatzlav" shortly after he sought political asylum in France in 1968, but due to censorship because of his defection, it did not appear in Poland until almost ten years later. Mr. Mrozek died in 2013 at the age of 83.

    Location: CFA Theater
    Admission: $8 general public; $5 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $4 Wesleyan students
    Sponsor: Theater Department

    Contact: 860-685-3355, boxoffice@wesleyan.edu