Photo Flash: THE GOOD AND THE TRUE Celebrates Opening Off-Broadway
After a widespread computer glitch in the U.S. State Department caused delays to countless international visas across the globe, U.K. actress Isobel Pravda finally arrived in New York to reprise her acclaimed performance in the American premiere of the award-winning Czech stage drama The Good and the True at Off-Broadway's DR2 Theatre (103 E. 15th St.). Ms. Pravda, who originated the role of her grandmother -- Holocaust survivor Hana Pravda -- in the play's U.K. and Belgium touring productions last year, arrived earlier this week in-time for the 7 p.m. Opening Night performance. Check out photos of the festivities below!
Owing to the seemingly indefinite delay in visa processing, earlier this week British actress Hannah D. Scott assumed the role of Hana Pravda for all preview performances. Isobel Pravda and her co-star Saul Reichlin are now slated to perform for the remainder of the play's limited American premiere engagement through Sunday, September 14.
Direct from celebrated tours in the United Kingdom and Belgium, The Good and the True was conceived and originally produced under the auspices of Prague's acclaimed leading repertory theatre Svandovo Divadlo.
THE GOOD AND THE TRUE is written by Daniel Hrbek, Tomas Hrbek and Lucie Kolouchova, and adapted as an English language version by Brian Daniels. It is helmed by award-winning Czech director Daniel Hrbek.
The play intertwines the true testimonies of two extraordinary people -- Czech athlete Milos Dobry and actress Hana Pravda. They both spent their working lives building suspense, knocking crowds into submission and drawing gasps and acclaim from spectators -- but this pales in significance compared to their earlier lives enduring the indignities of incarceration and survival at the hands of occupied Czechoslovakia in the 1930s. The Good and the True chronicles the experiences of these two remarkable people -- both of whom were true survivors in every sense of the word. Did they possess exceptional qualities, or was their survival just good luck?
The play's English title -- The Good and the True -- was created from the English translations of its subjects' last names: Dobry, the Czech word for "good," and Pravda, the Czech word for "true."
Actress Isobel Pravda is the real granddaughter of survivor Hana Pravda; she played her grandmother for the first time on stage last year in the U.K. and Belgium touring productions. Actor Saul Reichlin is an award-winning actor whose one man play Sholom Aleichem: Now You're Talking! has been performed in the West End, in New York and in several countries throughout Europe.
The production will conclude its American premiere engagement on Sunday, September 14. For more information, visit www.GoodAndTruePlay.com.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel
Saul Reichlin (stars as Milos Dobry), Petr Papousek (grandson of Milos Dobry)
The real-life grandchildren of the survivors â€" Isobel Pravda (granddaughter of Hana Pravda), Petr Papousek (grandson of Milos Dobry)