Kulturhuset Stadsteatern and Dramaten in historical cooperation – put up together Häxjakten

By on April 27, 2019
Klara G

The two largest theater houses in Sweden: the modern folk theater at Sergel’s square and the renowned theater at Nybroplan make for the first time ever a co-production. Arthur Millers Häxjakten will be premiered on September 14 at Elverket. Directing makes Alexander Mørk-Eidem who broke through at Stockholm’s city theater and is now tied to Dramaten. In the ensemble of 19 actors, who come from both theater houses, we see, among others, Andreas Kundler, Karin Franz Körlof, Shanti Roney, Ellen Nyman and Shebly Niavarani.

The historical cooperation came about in connection with the two theaters’ relocations in 2019, with the common denominator: Alexander Mørk-Eidem. Mørk-Eidem passed through Stockholm’s city theater with playful interpretations of classics. Among other things, the successes Three Sisters, The Three Musketeers, The Umbrellas in Cherbourg and most recently An Enemy of the People. Since 2016 he has been working at Dramaten, most recently current with Häxorna and Mary Page Marlowe.

– Stockholm city theater and Dramaten have both meant a great deal to me. It is an extreme luxury to now work with both old and new friends. There are many actors in the City Theater that I missed – so it is an extremely dear reunion for me. Arthur Millers Häxjakten is also a piece that I have wanted to put up for a long time. I began to think about it during the work with An Enemy of the People. There is a link between these two stories that concerns the problems of democracy and how the judicial system works. In the past, I have thought that Häxjakten may be too locked in its own time. But today, when there is a witch hunt every week, I think that in a completely different way than a few years ago we can take the metaphor for witch hunting. I’m not looking to point out who is evil or who bears the responsibility. I am interested in what mechanisms exist and which make us react in different ways. Some take part in the witch hunts, some take distance and some just turn their faces away, says Alexander Mørk-Eidem.

The witch hunt is the story of how an event can have terrible proportions. About mass hysteria, intoxication, and what happens when everyone saves themselves and no one dares to say stop. Arthur Miller was inspired by the witch trials in American Salem in 1692 and wrote The Crucible as a reflection of the Communist persecution during the McCarthy era in the US in the 1950s.

A co-production between Dramaten and Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.

Häxjakten, premiere on September 14, Elverket.

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