The Pig, or Vaclav Havel's Hunt for a Pig

(2011 workshop+2014 full production)

Title: The Pig, or Vaclav Havel's Hunt for a Pig


Playwright: Václav Havel and Vladimír Morávek
featuring music from The Bartered Bride by Bedřich Smetana

Adapted into English by Edward Einhorn


Director/Musical Arranger: Henry Akona


Choreographer: Patrice Miller


Venue: 3LD Art + Technology Center


Producer(s): 3LD Art + Technology Center
and Untitled Theater Company #61
with the assistance of the Czech Consulate of New York and the Czech Center; originally developed at, and with the continuing support of, New Ohio Theater's Ice Factory Festival



Synopsis: Václav Havel needs a pig he can slaughter and cook for a party with his dissident friends. An American journalist arrives for an interview. The villagers have a pig to sell, but where is it? And why is everyone singing The Bartered Bride? Food, drink, song, video, politics and celebration collide in this adaptation by experimental Czech director Vladimír Morávek of Havel’s text and Smetana’s music. Untitled Theater Company No. 61, the company that brought you The Havel Festival, presents the English-language premiere of this theatrical-musical-technological-gastronomic extravaganza, translated by Edward Einhorn and directed by Henry Akona. Join us at a traditional Czechoslovakian zabíjačka feast. Reserve a table and enjoy a meal or just sit back and enjoy the party. 


Cool Fact: This is Havel's last play. It began its development in the Czech Republic when Vladimír Morávek stumbled upon an interview between Havel and an American journalist wherein Havel tells the story of trying to find a pig in communist Czechslovakia. The text grew and bounced between Morávek and Havel, and later Edward Einhorn was thrown into the mix for an American workshop. The end result, sadly produced after Havel's passing, is a rich meta-tapestry of performance and food.


More: For more information on the play, visit

The Pig Chorus
The Pig Chorus

Celebrating the pig deal. Full cast, 2014 production. Photo: Arthur Cornelius

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Havel and Journalist
Havel and Journalist

Havel (Robert Honeywell) relays events to the American Journalist (Katherine Boynton). 2014 Productions. Photo: Arthur Cornelius

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The Pig Chorus
The Pig Chorus

Celebrating the pig deal. Full cast, 2014 production. Photo: Arthur Cornelius

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“A layered and darkly laced concoction.”


Claudia La Rocco, The New York Times

“An extraordinary play…a goofy, charming, weird, and also serious evening."


Jay Nordlinger, The National Review

“An exacting and purposeful project."


Tom Sellar, The Village Voice

“It is [Patrice] Miller’s kinetic choreography that really makes the show work”


David Watts Barton, Stagetology

“A combination of media satire, rural operetta, and political parable, ‘The Pig’ may be one of the more unexpectedly playful and rewarding offerings of New York's summer season.”


Jason Fitzgerald,  Backstage

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