Adapt!

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1/5: Aneta Kernová in Adapt! at The Wilma Theater, written and directed by Blanka Zizka. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
2/5: Adapt! at The Wilma Theater, written and directed by Blanka Zizka. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
3/5: Anthony Martinez-Briggs, Steven Rishard, Campbell O’Hare, Keith Conallen, and Sarah Gliko in Adapt! at The Wilma Theater, written and directed by Blanka Zizka. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
4/5: Aneza Papadopoulou, Michael Rosse, Sarah Gliko, Aneta Kernová, and Keith Conallen in Adapt! at The Wilma Theater, written and directed by Blanka Zizka. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
5/5: Aneta Kernová and Krista Apple in Adapt! at The Wilma Theater, written and directed by Blanka Zizka. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.

The Wilma Theater presents the world premiere of Adapt!, the first play written by the company’s artistic director Blanka Zizka. Drawing on Zizka’s personal experiences as a Czech émigré to the US in the 1970s, the play touches upon themes of identity and exile, the idealism of youth, and the compromises of adulthood. Audiences will follow the story of 22-year old Lenka, who has spent a year in a refugee camp in Germany after escaping from communist Czechoslovakia. Over the course of the play, various characters conjure up Lenka’s recent past and her possible futures, and a 1960s record player magically turns on and off to play records that activate Lenka’s memories.


References

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