Centre for Contemporary Drama

In 2010 Theatre LETÍ (LETÍ in Czech means fly, as well as flying) spread its wings and flew. We began working on a new project that was later entitled Centre for Contemporary Drama. The main goal of this Centre is to broadly support contemporary dramatic development in the Czech Republic and to present new Czech and foreign plays to the widest audiences. We are very proud that Václav Havel became the patron of our project.

The Centre for Contemporary Drama organises various types projects: one of the key strategic ones is the Playwright – in – Residence – Programme.The basic aim of this project is to offer playwrights such financial support that enables them to closely cooperate with LETÍ for a certain period of time, ideally a full theatre season, and develop a new play. Artistic background is an integral part of the residence - close cooperation with dramaturges, perhaps even workshops with actors, etc. Such project is in the context of contemporary Czech theatre truly unique, but is fully comparable with similar foreign theatrical development. 

Annually the Center for Contemporary Drama awards the Mark Ravenhill Award. The prize is annually awarded to the best production of a new play staged in the Czech Republic. New plays are defined as dramatic pieces written within the past ten years prior to the award ceremony. The winning production is chosen by the Centre for Contemporary Drama Festival Board. The main criterion for awarding a production is "the symbiosis of the qualities of the text and the qualities of its staging". The Board also monitors the results of the original and collective creations, based on the final text and its portability outside of the context of the particular theatre performance and the poetics of the certain theatre ensemble where the text originated. 

 

In the first year the main partners of the Centre for Contemporary Drama were: Arts and Theatre Institute, HaDivadlo Brno and Theatre Na Zábradlí Prague. Later, Theatre LETÍ began cooperating with other Czech (Švandovo Theatre, Pražské komorní divadlo – Divadlo Komedie, Prague) and foreign (Wiener Wortstatten, GuNaGu) theatres and other cultural institutions (theatre agencies DILIA and Aura-Pont, etc.).