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Embassy of the Cezech Republic Presents: War With the Newts

  • Embassy of the Czech Republic 3900 Spring of Freedom Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)


Professor Natsu Onoda Power and students involved in her world premiere adaptation at Georgetown University of Karel Čapek's War with the Newts will present a sneak preview at the Czech Embassy on October 8, at 7 pm. The Mutual Inspirations Festival this year celebrates the 125th anniversary of the birth of Czech author Čapek. Catch a glimpse of scenes from this production followed by a discussion with Georgetown students at the Czech Embassy.

Presented by:

Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies Program in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Light refreshments follow the event.

Event Details:

October 8, 6 pm

Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008

RSVP required

Sneak Preview:

War with the Newts

Adapted and directed
by Prof. Natsu Onoda Power
From the novel by Karel Čapek

On a small island west of Sumatra, Captain Jan van Toch discovers an unusual species of intelligent newts, who multiply quickly and can be trained to use tools - a convenient new source of cheap labor for underwater engineering projects. But what happens when they learn to speak our languages, demand their rights, and build not only dams but also bombs? This world premiere adaptation of War with the Newts, Karel Čapek’s satirical 1939 science fiction classic, is a literary “mockumentary,” incorporating fictional newspaper articles and scientific reports. The production promises to showcase Onoda Power’s “nifty visual tricks” and “delightfully unexpected” (Washington Post) solutions for the stage. This production is offered in conjunction with the Embassy of the Czech Republic's Mutual Inspirations Festival and with the Davis Performing Arts Center Center’s 10th Anniversary Celebration. The show will open on November 12 and runs until November 22, 2015, in the Gonda Theatre of the Davis Performing Arts Center. For additional information, please visit: