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World Premiere: War with the Newts opens Nov. 12 and runs until Nov. 21

  • Davis Performing Arts Center Georgetown University 3700 O Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20057 United States (map)


The Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies Program presents War with the Newts adapted and directed by Professor Natsu Onoda Power from the novel by Karel Čapek on November 12, at 8 pm (world premiere) and running until November 21, 2015 in the Gonda Theatre of  the Davis Performing Arts Center.

About the Show:
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 21, 2015, in the Gonda Theatre of the Davis Performing Arts Center.


Thursday and Friday, November 12 and 13, at 8 pm
Saturday, November 14, at 4 pm
Sunday, November 15, at 2 pm
Thursday-Saturday, November 19-21, at 8 pm

Gonda Theater
Davis Performing Arts Center
Georgetown University
37th and O Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007




Now in its sixth year, the Mutual Inspirations Festival celebrates one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, Karel Čapek. The Czech author is noted for such monumental works as R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), War with the Newts, and The Absolute at Large, among others. This year marks th 125th anniversary of his birth.  The Mutual Inspirations Festival runs from September 3-November 21, 2015, with an array of events, including theatrical performances and readings, concerts, panel discussions, lectures, screenings, exhibitions, and a special children's workshop at select venues throughout the Washington, DC community. Visit for additional information.