Curtain Call Theatre, the New Prague Arts Council and New Prague Community Education are pleased to announce a special presentation of Lex-Ham Community Theatres production of "The Memorandum", written by former Czech Republic President, Václav Havel.
Lex-Ham Community Theatre, in partnership with the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center and the Czech and Sloval Sokol Minnesota, will be presenting this Václav Havel play at the CSPS Hall (383 Michigan St, St Paul) for two weekends and then bringing the show to New Prague. "The Memorandum" will be presented at New Prague Middle School on:
Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 PM and
Sunday, March 16 at 2:00 PM.
Not many people realize that besides being a former President of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel was a prolific playright. This hillarious Havel play speaks of the crazyness of a bureaucracy out of control.
New Prague has a special connection to Václav Havel. He visited New Prague in the early 90s and gave a press conference on the steps of St Wenceslaus Church.
New Pragues connection to the Czech Republic run very deep. Many of the early settler of this area were imigrents from Czechoslovakia.
This 1888 photo of the CSPS Hall shows the building that was once the cultural center of New Prague for theater, musical performances, political speakers, funerals, dances and meetings. Also known as the ZCBJ Hall in later years, the building stood where the current State Bank of New Prague business is located on Central Avenue N. The Tom Rybak home (right) once stood next door to the cultural center. (Photo Courtesy of the New Prague Area Historical Society)
The sculpture that stands in front of the library was created by the Czech artist, Vlcek.
Every fall, on the third Saturday in September, New Prague celebrates "Dozinky", a Czech harvest festival. The weekend kicks off on Friday night with a "classic car cruise" down main street in New Prague. This cruise typically draws about 400 cars, which must be at least 20 years old. Many park on Main Street after the cruise to allow people to get a closer look at them. Saturday features food, entertainment, food, a "parade of farm pride", food, a softball tournament, food, a volleyball tournament, and - did I mention food? When this event first started, much of the food was home-made and genuinely Czech. Now, due primarily to the size of the crowds, the food is generally of more standard fare. But you can still get a few Czech items. Theres also Czech music and dancing. The events winds up Saturday evening with a variety show featuring local talent.