Ivanov on the main stage

By on October 8, 2016

Shanti Roney as burned out organic foresters in Ivanov on the main stage

A bouncy castle, a failed green-scale projects and a bundle of difficult people. These are some of the ingredients when Alexander Mørk-Eidem set up Chekhov’s Ivanov on the main stage, Dramatic Theatre.  Premiere on 27 October.

Ivanov has gone into the wall. He’s cracked. Not so surprising perhaps when the wife – that he no longer even love is dying, the girl at the neighboring farm is beautiful, the debts are growing like weeds and friends distrusts everything he does. And what exactly is the point of being a decent human being if no one else is it?

People are pretty tough in this play, as always in Chekhov. Bothersome and recognizable. They are not kings or queens as warriors or killing their children, they have instead fairly common problems and petty conflicts that everyone can recognize themselves in. In Ivanov’s the whiny man, the greedy mother, the tough father, the young besserwissern and broken curled kids. No one is really evil or delicious, they are just people trying to get it together as much as possible, says director Alexander Mørk-Eidem.

Alexander Mørk-Eidem, who previously praised for its updated and humorous Chekhov sets, puts Ivanov in an ecological forestry in northern Sweden. But it is not as idyllic as it sounds. Ivanov green wave-energy is exhausted. Fortunately, there is alcohol, a bouncy castle and power tools.

For scenography stands Erlend Birkeland, who also collaborated with Alexander Mørk-Eidem in Stage Fright, and previously made scenography for drama sets as Tiger, A Doll’s House and Alice in Wonderland.
In the roles

Ivanov: Shanti Roney
Anna: Nina Zanjani
Douglas: Bengt CW Carlsson
Sami: Hamadi Khemiri
Gunilla: Gunnel Fred
Janne: Johan Ulveson
Emelin: Ida Engvoll
Justus: Adam Pålsson
Babsan: Nina Fex
Källa: Hulda Lind Jóhannsdóttir
Anita: Inga-Lill Andersson
Mackan: Michael Jonsson

Translation: Staffan Skott
Director: Alexander Mørk-Eidem
Sets and costumes: Erlend Birkeland
Light: Ellen Ruge
Wig and mask: Linda Hyllengren

Premiere October 27, Main Stage

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