the increased difficulty of concentration

written by václav havel
translation by stepan s. simek
directed by alex lippard


dr. hummel, a social scientist and writer, has a life that’s fragmenting around him. he has troubles with his wife, troubles with his mistress, and troubles with a malfunctioning form of artificial intelligence called puzak. his life goes round and round, repeating itself until hummel barely knows where he is or who is his current lover, as he struggles inside a metaphysical farce.

show info

previewing: friday february 7th & thursday february 12th at 8pm
opening: february 13th running through march 28th 2009
thursday through saturday nights at 8pm

the lounge theatre, 6201 santa monica blvd, hollywood, ca 90038

$15 for preview seats
$20 general admission seats

for reservations and group ticket sales, Call (323) 960-7788 or visit www.plays411.com/increaseddifficulty.

the cast

steve hamill, kristina hayes, eric normington, bobby reed*, scott rognlien, amy stiller*, whitney vigil and sarah wolter*

*appearing courtesy of the actor's equity association

the crew

produced by theatre planners
set design: frederica nascimento
lighting design: matt ricther
costume design: shon le blanc
sound design: joseph "sloe" slawinski
techincal director: sarah templeton

"produced by special arrangement with samuel french, inc."

Press & Reviews

“This seldom seen absurdist comedy by Vaclav Havel…includes some funny, dizzying images of modern theories gone mad”.- LA City Beat

"Clever...a stylish eyeful...mind-bogglingly speedy."- Backstage West

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