Playwright: Lisa Langseth
Translator: Charlotte Barslund
Director: Kathy Curtiss
Country: Sweden (The Bergman Studio)
Cast: Ellinor DiLorenzo, Ida Biering
About the play
BELOVED is about a young woman who climbs the social ladder and loses her soul. She stands between two social classes in society and belongs to none of them. She turns to Adam to literally be penetrated by culture, transformed by it. But she is being exploited by Adam, for him she is just beautiful and available.
Lisa Langseth has written a 90-minute monologue that carries Katarina from a coherent, girlish storyteller to a woman on the verge of collapse. The text goes from depictions of a process to an acute crisis where Katarina, through a sexually explicit language, reveals her will to become Adam, become the genius which embodies culture.
About the Playwright
Born in 1975, Lisa Langseth is a playwright and director from Sweden with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Dramatic Institute in Stockholm (1999-2002). She recently came out with the movie Euphoria starring Alicia Vikander and Charlotte Rampling.
Despite a serious theme in Lisa Langseth’s plays, there is both humour and sharpness in the dialogue. Langseth’s aesthetics is inspired by her fascination with people and how we communicate, and how it tends to create crashes instead of increased understanding.
Characteristic of Langseth as a playwright is her complex portraits of women. “It makes me angry that women tend to diminish themselves”, Lisa Langseth says, “The self-destructive person is interesting and terrible. BELOVED is about a person who searches for her own destruction.”
About the director
Kathy Curtiss is a director/producer, Artistic Director of Renaissance Now Theatre & Film with a Ph.D. in Directing Classics and Experimental Movement Works. Her film documentary work has shown on National PBS stations and the Global Education Network. Short films include Ghost Story, Das Kapital, The First Day of Tomorrow, and feature length The White Stone. Kathy works in script development for both theatre and film, directing readings for the Oracle Theatre, The Oberon Theatre Company, and The Scandanavian American Theatre Company. She also directs for The New York International Fringe Festival, The Michael Chekhov Theatre Company, The Santa Barbara and Park City Shakespeare Festivals, The Drilling Company for New Works’ urban-experiemental “Shakespeare in the Parking Lot,” and served as the fight director for Bryant Park Shakespeare. She has worked extensively as a movement/vocal/fight director. She has served as an instructor at 10 BFA programs include University of California, University of Utah, Ball State, the New York Film Academy and Director of BFA Acting and BFA Film Division Chair at Five Towns College. Her feature length documentary on “Renaissance Now” was shot at 52 locations and focuses on how Shakespeare production and instruction in the U.S. contributes significantly to our the culture and quality of language expression.
Presented by arrangement with Columbine Teaterförlag