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The Memorandum

By Václav Havel
Translated by Vera Blackwell

Directed by Victoria Rose Townsend


When the Managing Director receives an interoffice memo in Ptydepe, a language he has never seen before, he discovers that affairs in his Department are not entirely under his control. Communication in the new language is supposed to be more precise and scientific, but without proper documentation, the befuddled Josef Gross finds himself running in circles in search of a translation. To complicate matters, the Deputy Director attempts to usurp Gross’s job, everyone in the Ptydepe Translation Center has gone to lunch, and the Staff Watcher is keeping a close eye on the supply of cigars. Yxap tseror najx!


  • Josef GrossJim Remmes
  • Jan BallasChris Chiampa
  • Otto StrollPatrick Curran
  • Alex SavantKevin E. Parise
  • HelenaLindsay Eagle
  • MariaDori Levit
  • HanaMarty Seeger Mason
  • Mark LearKevin Kordis
  • Ferdinand PillarChris Anton
  • GeorgeMatt Arnold
  • ThumbEmily Hecht

Production Staff

  • ProducerCoriana Hunt Swartz
  • Stage ManagerAmy Lehrmitt
  • Language SpecialistDevon Jones
  • Set DesignerJake Scaltreto
  • Props DesignerStewart Holmes
  • Lighting DesignerAdam J. Teti
  • Sound DesignerKyle Lampe
  • Costume DesignerCara Chiaramonte
  • Graphic DesignerJennifer Jermantowicz
  • Build ChiefLeigh Downes
  • ElectricianBecca Dunham

Production Details


  • Advance: $20
  • Door: $25
  • Student Rush: $10

Show Times

(*) = Pay-What-You-Can
  • Friday, Jan 11, 2013 8PM
  • Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 8PM
  • Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 2PM
  • Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 8PM *
  • Friday, Jan 18, 2013 8PM
  • Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 8PM


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Watertown, MA

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