Leaving

by Václav Havel
translated by Paul Wilson
directed by Jiri Zizka
starring Oscar® nominee David Strathairn
May 19, 2010June 20, 2010

Meet the Artists

 • Production Manager

Cast

Krista Apple-Hodge • Monika
Janis Dardaris • Grandma
Mark Cairns • Albín
Mike Dees • Bob
Peter DeLaurier • Hanuš
Victoria Frings • Zuzanna
Leonard C. Haas • Dick
Trevor Long • Klein
Mary McCool • Bea
Kathryn Meisle • Irena
Jennifer R. Morris • Vlasta
Geddeth Smith • Oswald
Luigi Sottile • Victor
David Strathairn • Dr. Vilém Rieger
H. Michael Walls • Knobloch

Production Team

Jiri Zizka • Director
Václav Havel • Playwright
Paul Wilson • Translator
Klara Zieglerova • Set Designer
Vasilija Zivanic • Costume Designer
Jerold R. Forsyth • Lighting Designer
Nick Rye • Sound Designer
 • Dramaturg
Patreshettarlini Adams • Stage Manager
H. Michael Walls

H. Michael Walls (Bill) makes his fifth appearance in a Wilma production, having debuted there on Sansom St. eighteen years ago with Pearce’s inevitably forceful presence in the cast, and Blanka’s always wonderfully imaginative hand on the tiller. Seems like old times.  His last appearance here was in 2010’s Leaving.  Walls is a stage veteran of more than 40 years and over 150 productions. He has appeared in many area theatres including Theatre Exile, The Arden, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company, and several no-longer extant groups such as Novel Stages, Philadelphia Festival Theatre of New Plays and Philadelphia Drama Guild.  Playwrights whose work he has performed range from Checkhov, Shakespeare, Shaw, Arthur Miller, Steinbeck and Williams to Stoppard, Jason Miller, Derek Walcott, and Havel.  He wishes to thank Blanka for so much - of course the role and the rehearsal process; JR for putting him in touch with so much of himself he didn’t know was there; and Pat, one of the best stage managers, and warmest people in the world.  Especially, he thanks his wife for the inspiration, humor, support, and love that make all other things possible.  He dedicates his performance of this role to Jiri, whose absence often leaves a twinge of sadness in the creative part of his heart.