Dupont Underground to host Czech play

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The Alliance for New Music-Theatre will present 16 performances of Václav Havel’s “Protest” throughout May in the Dupont Underground space.

The alliance is the current theater-in-residence for the formerly abandoned subterranean streetcar station beneath Dupont Circle, according to a news release. The space, with an entrance at 1500 19th St. NW, now hosts arts programming and performances run by the Dupont Underground nonprofit.

The playwright of “Protest” was a longtime political dissident who went on to serve as president of Czechoslovakia and then the Czech Republic after the fall of Communism. Havel originally performed “Protest” in his apartment in 1978, a time when he was forced to go underground with his work. The play verges between “absurdist comedy and creepy terror,” the alliance says, exposing a society that spies on its citizens.

Performances will be Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. from May 10 to 21; there will also be 3 p.m. matinees on May 13, 20 and 23, and weekday noon performances on May 12, 15, 18 and 19. Visit newmusictheatre.org for tickets or more information.