SLEEPWALKING IN THE NETHER WORLD
Playwright: Jacob Hirdwall (Sweden, The Bergman Studio)
Translator: Edward Buffalo Bromberg
Director: Pálína Jónsdóttir
Composer: Fredrik Söderberg
Cast: Christiane Seidel*, Jason Beckmann, Sophie Sorensen, Stephen Lin, Zina Anaplioti, LaGina Hill, Ferdinand Glad Bach, Albert Bendix
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
ABOUT THE PLAY
Something is up with Eurydice. She’s not happy at her job as a systems-engineer at the company Digital Flux… something is wrong with her life, but what? Perhaps a journey through the underworld can help her figure it out.
SLEEPWALKING IN THE NETHER WORLD is a modern version of the ancient Greek myth about the nymph Eurydice and the underworld. The young, modern Eurydice, a middleclass woman with a good job in the city, is not living her life to the fullest according to Hades. We follow her journey down to the underworld, through tunnels, abandoned subway sta- tions and soup kitchens and witness her meetings with other lost souls of the night.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Jacob Hirdwall (b. 1967) is a Swedish director, dramaturg and playwright, who works within film, radio and theatre. Since 2001 he has been working at the Royal Dramatic Theatre (Dramaten) in Stockholm. His plays have been staged various places in Sweden and abroad, for example in Oslo, Aarhus, Peking, Shanghai, New York and Reykjavik.
From 1994-2001 he worked as a dramaturg at the Gothenburg City Theatre, Folkteatern in Gothenburg, Stockholm City Theatre and the theatre academy in Stockholm. He was co-founder of Dramaten’s stage Elverket in 2003 and responsible for the Dramatist´s Group from 2003-2006. In 2007 he established the political cultural think-tank Det Osynliga (The Invisible) together with Stina Oscarson. From 2011-2012 he worked as a consultant for Dramatikkens hus in Oslo together with Jon Fosse among others. In 2012 he started the independent theatre group Ensembleverket, which combines playwriting, dance and music. As a director, he has worked for Dramaten, Sveriges Radio, Teater Brunnsgatan 4 Parkteatern, Riksteatern and Ensembleverket.
Jacob Hirdwall is the initiator and leader of The Bergman Studio at Dramaten in Stockholm – a forum for development of texts supported by the Ingmar Bergman Foundation and The Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival.
about the director
Pálína Jónsdóttir is a theatre and opera director born in Iceland. She received her MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University in 2017. Her upcoming production, Jeg hedder Bente by Rikke Wölch, will open in the National Theatre in Iceland this year. Her most recent directing credit is Darkside by Tom Stoppard and Pink Floyd for the Burning Coal Theatre Company in Raleigh, NC and she assistant directed The Flying Dutchman by Richard Wagner for Opera San Jose, CA. She is presently working as a stage director for the Opera Program at the Iceland University of the Arts. Her thesis production Babette’s Feast, based on Isak Dinesen’s eponymous story, ran at The Connelly Theater in New York and she directed a staged reading of Playing the Queen for The Scandinavian American Theater Company New York. For Columbia Stages she directed A Dream Play by August Strindberg, The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov and The Seven Deadly Sins by Bertolt Brecht. Other productions of Pálína include Völva at the National Theatre in Iceland, earning the Icelandic Gríma, Performing Arts Award and her production The Secret Face performed at the Here Arts Center in NYC, Iceland, and Europe. Pálína was commissioned by The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art to create The SeaMare - Tableau Vivant for Origins and she collaborated and performed in Still Life with Commentator for Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in NYC. Pálína has performed numerous roles in her career both on stage and in films. Her stage roles include Miss Julie in Miss Julie by A. Strindberg, Solveig in Peer Gynt by Ibsen, and Snæfriður in The Icelandic Clock by Laxness. Her film credits include The Devil´s Island, The Dance, In His Life – The John Lennon Story and Wildlife. www.palinajonsdottir.com
Presented by arrangement with Nordiska ApS, Copenhagen