By Tanja Lorentzon
Translated by Edward Buffalo Bromberg
Directed by Pálína Jónsdóttir
Cast: Martina Djerf, Ingrid Kullberg-Bendz, Lucas Serby, Jeanine T. Abraham*, Margaret Curry*, Sandra Herlog, Anthony Laciura*, Luca Rodrigues
*Appearing courtesy of actors equity association
ABOUT THE PLAY
Courtyard is a play about the struggle of a young girl who wants to have an existence different from the life that surrounds her. Eighteen-year-old SAARA lives with her mother and brother in an area marked by poverty, violence and alcohol. Her family is in a constant conflict situation with some neighbors. During the course of the journey we also come across preachers who offer SAARA a different form of belonging and a future life in Paradise, provided she makes the right choices in this life. In order to protect herself and her family, SAARA makes a choice that renders her dream of building the world’s most beautiful bridge in the future ever more distant. But is it really her choice? Courtyard shows how SAARA’s attempt to be good and represent justice brings her to a point where, in order to survive, she has to resort to the tough, evil SAARA.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
TANJA LORENTZON is an actress who since 1998 has been employed as a member of the permanent company at the Swedish national theatre Dramaten. She has appeared in some thirty productions, including the eponymous lead in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler and Eleonora in Easter by August Strindberg. 2010 saw the premiere of her own monologue Grandma’s Black Eyes, portraying the lives of three generations of women. The play has been performed over one hundred times at Dramaten and has toured in Sweden and had guest performances in Finland. It has also been adapted for radio and television. In addition to her stage work, Tanja Lorentzon has appeared in some thirty productions for film and television, with recurring roles in seven television serials. Amongst other roles, she was in the original Swedish version of the Millenium Trilogy, in English called The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
About the director
Pálína Jónsdóttir is a theatre and opera director from Iceland. Pálína is a graduate of the Columbia University MFA Theatre Directing Program (2017). She directed Jeg hedder Bente and Grima Award winning Völva for National Theatre in Iceland, Trouble in Tahiti at Tjarnarbíó Theatre, Darkside for the Burning Coal Theatre Company, assistant directed The Flying Dutchman for Opera San Jose, Sleepwalking in the Nether World at Theatre Row, Babette’s Feast at The Connelly Theater, Playing the Queen for SATC, assistant directed Mata Hari at Prototype Festival. For Columbia Stages she directed A Dream Play, The Three Sisters, The Seven Deadly Sins. Pálína is a nominee of the Sir John Gielgud Fellowship 2018/2019. www.palinajonsdottir.com
Presented by arrangement with Columbine Teaterförlag, Stockholm