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R.U.R. : A Retro-Futuristic Musical

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

The Alliance for New-Music Theatre will perform two theatrical readings with music of R.U.R. : A Retro-Futuristic Musical on September 7, at 2:30 pm, at the Kennedy Center Family Theatre and on September 10, at 6 pm, at the Embassy of the Czech Republic (RSVP required to Embassy performance) as part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2015 – Karel Čapek ( 

R.U.R. takes us “back to the future” in a new musical adaptation and unveiling of a play written in 1920 by Czech playwright Karel Čapek, who introduced the word “robot” to the world. The prescience of the work will engage audiences, as the play’s focus is very much part of today’s global conversation: Will the combination of a robotic workforce and artificial intelligence liberate mankind from economic drudgery or will it become a superior force that threatens to overcome the human race?

R.U.R.: A Retro-Futuristic Musical
Based on Karel Čapek’s Rossum’s Universal Robots (R.U.R.)
Adapted and Directed by Susan Galbraith
Music by Maurice Saylor
Lyrics by Maurice Saylor and Susan Galbraith

Alliance for New-Music Theatre creates new works across the spectrum of music-theatre including cabaret, musicals, opera, and mixed-media performances.


September 7, at 2:30 pm
Location: Kennedy Center Family Theatre
Admission free | No RSVP required | Also a part of the Page-to-Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center

September 10, at 6 pm
Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008
RSVP required by September 8:

Admission is free. | Light refreshments follow the event.

Parking: Non-metered street parking is available on Spring of Freedom Street and Tilden Street.
Closest Metro: The Embassy is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Van Ness Metro Station.