Ep. 14 – Václav Havel, with special guests Sara Lyons and Jeff Graves

John is without Rachel and B, so he brings in some very special guests for this Václav Havel bonanza. First, Jeff Graves – a former co-host with John on a podcast of yore – joins to discuss Havel’s essay Power of the Powerless and play The Garden Party. They discuss ideology as it relates to performativity, everyday life and the constitution of reality, how Havel illustrates ideology in the play,  how much reappropriation of Marx there is in the essay, and Havel’s notion of power. There’s also a dramatic reading from the play, and John & Jeff bring back old segments and schticks from their podcast past. Then, John interviews Sara Lyons – a NYC-based theatre artist and director – to talk about the performance of The Garden Party she directed. Their conversation explores the challenges of directing this play, what it tells us about the relationship between identity, social structures, and language, the gender politics of a feminist artist engaging not-particularly-feminist work, and more. Jeff comes back for the final segment, where he and John give advice on New Year’s Eve Parties (belated advice in this instance), friendship jealousy and nostalgia, and holiday presents you don’t like.

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2 thoughts on “Ep. 14 – Václav Havel, with special guests Sara Lyons and Jeff Graves

  1. Greetings! found the podcast a few months ago when looking to supplement my lay excursion into all things theory. Immensely grateful and enthusiastic for what ya’ll are doing here. However, what finally prompted my 1st comment was the following: what’s the name of the old podcast that John and Jeff did, and that they teased in the Havel discussion? Inquiring mind(s) want to know!

    Thanks again for the always-already experience.

    1. ahhhhhh my friend, that will never be openly revealed (although it’s easily google-able, albeit with the audio links mostly broken – thankfully).

      thanks for the kind words about the current show!

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