Tennessee Williams play Orfeus stiger ner initiate the theater spring at Elverket

By on January 16, 2019
Therese Öhrvall

Orpheus stiger ner is a story of the ability of art and passion to give meaning to life, and of the dark forces struggling with life. It is modern American drama with a mythical dimension, directed by Runar Hodne. Premiere at Elverket on January 25th.

A young man with guitar on his back makes entrance into a small American lair. His mysterious past, open future and artistic mind evoke dormant dreams. Not least at the married Lady, who hires him in her shop. In other residents, he evokes darker feelings.

– Orfeus stiger ner addresses relevant issues concerning ethnicity and power structures, but it is primarily about the feeling of exclusion. It is written in another time but the questions are equally relevant today. It’s a very personal piece – beautiful and poetic, says director Runar Hodne.

Orfeus stiger ner had premiere on Broadway in 1957 and has been filmed on several occasions, including 1959 entitled The Fugitive Kind with Marlon Brando in the role of Val.

Runar Hodne is a Norwegian director who is frequently hired at the National Theater in Oslo, where he also leads stage-management course at the Theater Academy. In Sweden, he has previously set up Gösta Berling’s fairy tale at Kulturhuset Stadsteater and Fäder och Söner at the Dramaten.

Introduction to the performance with playwright Anneli Dufva and the ensemble on 13 and 26 February at. 18:30.

Orfeus stiger ner, premiere on January 25 at Elverket.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm