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Kathryn Meisle as Irena, David Strathairn as Dr. Vilem Rieger & Leonard C. Haas as Dick

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Mike Dees as Bob, Geddeth Smith as Oswald, Krista Apple as Monika, Leonard C. Haas as Dick, Kathryn Meisle as Irena & David Strathairn as Dr. Vilem Rieger

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Mike Dees as Bob, Krista Apple as Monika, David Strathairn as Dr. Vilem Rieger, Leonard C. Haas as Dick & Kathryn Meisle as Irena

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The cast of Leaving

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David Strathairn as Dr. Vilem Rieger & Leonard C. Haas as Dick

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Mary McCool as Bea & David Strathairn as Dr. Vilem Rieger

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Kathryn Meisle as Irena, David Strathairn as Dr. Vilem Rieger

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Krista Apple as Monika, Kathryn Meisle as Irena & David Strathairn as Dr. Vilem Rieger

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David Strathairn as Dr. Vilem Rieger, Kathryn Meisle as Irena & Leonard C. Haas as Dick

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Peter DeLaurier as Hanus & David Strathairn as Dr. Vilem Rieger

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The cast of Leaving

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Leonard C. Haas as Dick, David Strathairn as Dr. Vilem Rieger & Kathryn Meisle as Irena

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

Václav Havel, renowned playwright (Temptation, Largo Desolato) and former President of the Czech Republic, returns to the theater with his first play in 20 years, and Wilma audiences will be the first to see it in the U.S. Leaving is an inventive story of a recently retired Chancellor who struggles over questions of truth and power along with his eccentric family and humorous bevy of functionaries. Allusions from Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and Shakespeare's King Lear invade the Chancellor's consciousness in this wry political tragicomedy that received critical acclaim in Prague and in London where The Sunday Times hailed it as, "Thrillingly funny...a hilarious send-up of politics and of theatre!"

Press / News

Worldview: Havel on democracy: We haven't left the path
Václav Havel, Returning to Drama With Leaving
NPR
Cumulative Effect: Václav Havel's Leaving sums up the life of a statesman — and a playwright, too.
David Strathairn Returns to The Wilma Theater
 • 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