STEUBENVILLE, OH—Franciscan University’s Anathan Theatre will present as its fall production, The Memo, a parody of bureaucracy full of ridiculous characters, political satire, and funny situations. Written by Václav Havel, The Memorandum takes a satiric look at the absurdity of bureaucracy and the ways in which it can dehumanize.
It offers many laughs, but also prompts the audience to consider their role in enabling bureaucracy to function. Havel was a renowned playwright and an accomplished statesman. He was the first president of the free Czechoslovakia and Honorary Companion of the Order of Canada. First performed in 1965, his play comically paralleled Communist Czechoslovakia with modern-day Canada, and was able to slip by the Czech censors despite its veiled political commentary.
The play is directed by Dr. Monica Fay Anderson, Franciscan University theatre professor.