Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, directed by Blanka Zizka, The Wilma Theater, 2012. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
Aneta Kernová in Adapt! at The Wilma Theater, written and directed by Blanka Zizka. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
Tadeusz Słobodzianek’s Our Class, directed by Blanka Zizka, The Wilma Theater, 2011. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
The cast of Don Juan Comes Home from Iraq. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
C.J. Wilson and Jacqueline Antaramian in Macbeth. Photo by Christopher Gabello.
The cast of Leaving at The Wilma Theater. Photo by Jim Roese.
The Wilma Theater, established in 1973, produces "both contemporary and classical plays that offer the potential to reveal connections and analogies to current political, social, and cultural complexities and issues," says artistic director Blanka Zizka. Zizka's commitment to learning and experimentation has led the theater to invest in innovative vocal and physical training for local actors and the creation of a resident acting company, "Wilma HotHouse." Center-supported productions of Macbeth, Tadeusz Slobdzianek's Our Class, and Paula Vogel's Don Juan Returns from Iraq have all involved specialized training for the casts. With Center support, the Wilma produced the North American premiere of Václav Havel's last play, Leaving, and hosted the statesman for a public interview with local theater professionals. In 2016, the theater received funding to develop and produce the world premiere of Adapt!, an original play by Zizka based on her personal experiences of emigrating from Czechoslovakia to the US.