The Memorandum is an absurd comedy that satirizes workplace frustration and explores resilience in the face of overwhelming bureaucracy. Written by Czech playwright and dissident Vaclav Havel in 1964, the darkly comic world of The Memorandum is as fresh and relevant today as it was fifty years ago. Each Talk on the Step engages with one aspect of the production—such as its history, relevance, or production—to provide audience members with extra insight into the performance and creative process.
Friday October 7: Dr. Scott Proudfit of the English Department will analyze The Memorandum as an example of Theatre of the Absurd
Saturday October 8: Student dramaturg Lexi Hirvo, a Drama & Theatre Studies and Psychology double major, will explore how the cast and crew created the world of Havel’s play
Sunday October 9: Dr. Susanne Shawyer of the Performing Arts Department will discuss the historical context of the playwright’s work
Talks on the Steps are free and open to the public. You do not need a ticket to the performance to attend a Talk on the Step. Talks take place in Roberts Studio Theatre lobby at Scott Studios at 7pm.
Performances of The Memorandum take place October 6-12 at 7:30pm in the Roberts Studio Theatre at Scott Studios. Admission is $13, or free with an Elon ID. Call (336) 278-5650 to reserve a ticket. The Memorandum is written by Vaclav Havel, translated by Paul Wilson, and directed by Kevin Otos.