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.
Nicholas Vicinanzo Class of 2017 Biography “My favorite thing about Anathan was the faculty. The environment was great, the students were great and the program was great; but all of that was made possible by work and dedication of the faculty. I had the chance to work on every main stage I was in steubenville…
Caroline McCaughey Class of 2016 Biography “The spirit instilled in many artists is a selfish attitude. However, at Franciscan I learned to work as a team, which is essential to my job and takes a lot of creativity and strength. Franciscan’s holistic approach to theatre is so important. You need to be a whole person…