INTO THE EVERYDAY AND EXISTENTIAL

Nobel Laureate Jon Fosse’s

Texts for Performance in New York

2004 to the present

NEXT MONDAY, MAY 6

11:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Ongoing engagement and experiments throughout the day.

Come and go as you please.

LIVE / IN PERSON

Free + Open to the public

Live stream on Howlround here

Segal Theatre, 365 Fifth Ave @ 34 St.

RSVP here

Next Monday, May 6th, promises a unique experience for theatergoers in New York City – an entire day dedicated to exploring the works of Nobel laureate Jon Fosse. This isn’t your typical production; it’s a captivating event spearheaded by Oslo Elsewhere, a visionary force reintroducing Fosse’s brilliance to American audiences.

Imagine the Segal Theatre Center transformed into a living, breathing text. Throughout the day (11 AM to 9 PM), you’re invited to delve into five of Fosse’s plays, all translated into American English. The schedule is flexible, allowing you to come and go as you please.

Fosse, lauded for his innovative plays and prose, has captivated audiences worldwide. While his prose may be familiar to American readers, his theatrical works, the bedrock of his career, remain a hidden gem. This event seeks to rectify that, offering a chance to experience the raw power of his words translated for the American stage.

Oslo Elsewhere, led by the formidable duo of Anna Gutto and Sarah Cameron Sunde, holds a special place in Fosse’s American journey. Over two decades ago, they pioneered the U.S. debut of his work. Now, they reunite, bringing their artistic evolution to bear on this event.

Here’s a glimpse into the five performances scheduled for the day:

Schedule (subject to radical change):

11:00 am

Night Sings Its Songs

1:00 pm

Sa Ka La

2:30 PM

A Summer Day

4:30 pm

Dream of Autumn

6:30 PM Panel Discussion

With Anna Gutto, Sarah Cameron Sunde and collaborators. Moderated by Merve Emre (The New Yorker). Welcome by Frank Hentschker.

7:30 pm (immediately following the panel)

deathvariations

followed by a reception

The evening culminates with a reading of “deathvariations,” followed by a reception. Imagine the electricity in the air – a day steeped in Fosse, culminating in this final, potent performance.

This is a rare chance to delve into Fosse’s translated works. It’s a celebration of artistic collaboration, bringing together seasoned actors like Raymond McAnally and rising stars like Xavier Scott Evans.

Can’t make it to New York? No problem! The event will be live streamed Live stream on Howlround here.

Attendance is free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. The Segal Theatre Center is located at 365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street. For those attending in person, you can  RSVP here.

This event is conceptualized and directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde and Anna Gutto; curated by Frank Hentschker; and presented by The Martin E. Segal Theater Center in collaboration with Oslo Elsewhere, with support from The Royal Norwegian Consulate General.

The cast will be an ensemble of actors, including some original cast members alongside other leading New York performers (see bios below): 

Arlene Chico-Lugo, Diane Ciesla, Xavier Scott Evans, Anna Gutto, Frank Harts, Birgit Huppuch, Deb Knox, Natalia Payne, James Martinez, Raymond McAnally, Lizan Mitchell, and David L. Townsend. Audio visual workshop and support team: Christopher Bisram, Gretchen Burger, Adriana Guiman, Lauren Helpern, Paul HudsonMarie-Louise Miller, Stephen Powell, and Erick Stoll.

Throughout the month of May, we are encouraging theater practitioners around the U.S. to read through these five plays translated into American-English. Send an email to info@colombine.se and osloelsewhere@gmail.com to request the translations and sign up to participate.

All performing rights for texts by Jon Fosse are handled by Colombine Theatre Agency: info@colombine.se

JON FOSSE was born in 1959 in the Norwegian coastal town of Haugesund in Western Norway and made his debut as a fiction writer in 1983 with the novel Raudt, Svart. In 1985 came the novel Stängd Gitar. The first collection of poems Engel med Vatn i Augene was published in 1986. Fosse made his debut as a playwright in 1993 with the play And We Shall Never Be Separated, a commission from Den Nationale Scene in Bergen where it was first performed in 1994. The big breakthrough as a playwright came with the play Someone is Going to Come in 1996 and then followed with a series of plays such as A Summer’s Day, Night Sings Its Songs, Dream of Autumn and Deathvariations. Jon Fosse soon became one of Europe’s most performed playwrights, translated into more than forty languages, and his plays have been staged nearly 900 times worldwide. Although today Fosse is best known as a playwright, he has always continued to write fiction, such as The Septology, Fosse’s most extensive work to date. Jon Fosse was awarded the 2023 Nobel Prize in Literature. He resides in Oslo, Norway. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to embark on a theatrical odyssey. Immerse yourself in the world of Jon Fosse – a day unlike any other on the New York stage.

Events are FREE and open to the public on a first come, first served basis at The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th Street.

Subway: Herald Square, lines B/D/F/M/N/Q/R/W

(via Frank Hentschker)

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