The Dylan Society
Playwright: Dennis Magnusson
Translator: Rochelle Wright
Director: Eddie Shieh
Country: Sweden (The Bergman Studio)
Cast: Jonathan Wilde, Sean Patrick Folster*, Don Hooper, Josephine Huang*, Martina Djerf
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
About the play
A drama comedy about a few middle-aged men brought together by the love for Bob Dylan. It’s about male friendship and connection, about the need for a bigger meaning – and this is where Dylan comes in. Dylan gives life a higher meaning.
The Dylan Society is where Markus, Konrad and Bror meet three times a year to cook, drink wine and talk about Bob Dylan. Everything in life can be explained by a Dylan song. They even know which record represents the women in their lives. Bob Dylan follows the men through divorces, mid-life crises, new loves, and unexpected deaths. They stick to Dylan, even if everything else falls apart.
One day, a fourth member comes to dinner, Erik, invited by Markus. And now the entire existence of the society is threatened.
About the playwright
Dennis Magnusson was born 1968 in the village of Bollebygd, and is currently living in Stockholm. His plays often derive from observations and moods from the environment he grew up in, for example the play Killing a Fairground (for a young audience).
He investigates the everyday life of a small community, where people are aware of the existence of a parallel reality that they have only seen glimpses of, maybe from tabloids at the local pizzeria, or gossip on the internet. Magnusson explores the contrast between the small world and the large urban or global one.
He has also worked as scriptwriter for acclaimed TV shows such as Jordskott and 30 degrees in febuary (30 grader i februari ). He was also a dramaturg for the international cinema success Let The Right One In. Magnusson’s most controversial piece 7:3 Revisited is about world famous playwright Lars Norén’s work at a prison, and the following tragic events around a shooting.
About the director
Eddie Shieh (pronounced ‘She’+’yeah’) is a Native New Yorker, Asian Tourist, Dad of Twins and Filmmaker at Night. He has been a distinguished nominee to the Fox Global Directors Initiative and NBCUniversal Television Directing Fellowships. His short works have garnered numerous awards and nominations from Academy® Qualifying and international film festivals. And his recent screenplay “La Grippe” was shortlisted at the first European Sundance Screenwriting Lab. In a previous life, Eddie served as a global advertising agency Creative Director creating commercial campaigns for worldwide brands. He is also a member of the Writers Guild of America and predicts weather with his surgically repaired joints (no app yet).
Presented by arrangement with Columbine Teaterförlag