Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre will probe revolution with stilts and strings in Revolution!?, a theater spectacle that examines revolutions throughout the history of mankind as a backdrop for the extraordinary peaceful 1989 Velvet Revolution in former Czechoslovakia.
The piece will be performed in the tradition of Central European medieval street and traveling circus shows, using puppetry, object theater and circus arts. Czech and Czech-American theater artists will collaborate to offer their particular perspectives on the Velvet Revolution of 1989 and an overview of the very notion of revolution. Characters, live and puppets, will include Prometheus, Jesus, Jan Hus, Jean Paul Marat and the "Cleaning Lady" who repeatedly mops up bodies and rubble. Dobrusky and Horejs will draw script materials from the Titanomachy (when the Olympian gods overthrew the Titans), the Agrarian Revolution (when organized agriculture started and animals were domesticated), the Spartacus Rebellion, the rise of Christianity, the 15th century Hussite movement of peasants in Czech lands, the American, French, Industrial and Russian Revolutions; the Counterculture, the Computer Revolution and the Czech Velvet Revolution.