The Memorandum

The Memorandum

By Václav Havel
Translated by Vera Blackwell

Directed by Victoria Rose Townsend


When the Managing Director receives an interoffice memo in Ptydepe, a language he has never seen before, he discovers that affairs in his Department are not entirely under his control. Communication in the new language is supposed to be more precise and scientific, but without proper documentation, the befuddled Josef Gross finds himself running in circles in search of a translation. To complicate matters, the Deputy Director attempts to usurp Gross’s job, everyone in the Ptydepe Translation Center has gone to lunch, and the Staff Watcher is keeping a close eye on the supply of cigars. Yxap tseror najx!


  • Josef GrossJim Remmes 
  • Jan BallasChris Chiampa 
  • Otto StrollPatrick Curran 
  • Alex SavantKevin E. Parise 
  • HelenaLindsay Eagle 
  • MariaDori Levit 
  • HanaMarty Seeger Mason 
  • Mark LearKevin Kordis 
  • Ferdinand PillarChris Anton 
  • GeorgeMatt Arnold 
  • ThumbEmily Hecht 

Production Staff

  • ProducerCoriana Hunt Swartz
  • Stage ManagerAmy Lehrmitt
  • Set DesignerJake Scaltreto
  • Props DesignerStewart Holmes
  • Lighting DesignerAdam J. Teti
  • Sound DesignerKyle Lampe
  • Costume DesignerCara Chiaramonte
  • PtydepistDevon Jones
  • Graphic DesignerJennifer Jermantowicz
  • Technical DirectorLeigh Downes
  • ElectriciansBecca Dunham
  • Connor Van Ness

Production Details


  • Advance: $20
  • Door: $25
  • Student Rush: $10

Show Times

(*) = Pay-What-You-Can
  • Friday, Jan 11, 2013 8:00 PM (Sold Out)
  • Saturday, Jan 12, 2013 8:00 PM (Sold Out)
  • Sunday, Jan 13, 2013 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, Jan 17, 2013 8:00 PM*
  • Friday, Jan 18, 2013 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, Jan 19, 2013 8:00 PM (Sold Out)


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