ARTS Pick: The Memorandum

If you think that bureaucracy and red tape are absurd, Czech playwright Václav Havel couldn’t agree more. If you think that bureaucracy and red tape are absurd, Czech playwright Václav Havel couldn’t agree more.

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If you think that bureaucracy and red tape are absurd, Czech playwright Václav Havel couldn’t agree more. And in his Soviet-era satire The Memorandum, everything from language to human sociality becomes ridiculous. When office worker Josef Gross finds a memo written in the supposedly efficient Ptydepe language that’s impossible to discern, he and his mates find themselves up against the forces of conformity as they attempt to translate its message. A struggle for authenticity in an increasingly dehumanizing world, Havel’s play is a product of its time, and remains relevant today.

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