War! Peace! Censorship! Culture! Autumn’s first premiers offer battle and resistance

By on August 10, 2018
Aida Chehrehgosha

It is noticeable that it is election year at Kulturhuset Stadsteatern.
August 17th, the theater opens again at Sergel’s square with the first performance of Krilon – a performance about what is possible on the Klarascenen. August 23th is the time for the autumn’s second premiere. Ned med vapnen!, based on Nobel Prize winner and peace activist Bertha von Suttner’s radical novel and bestseller from 1889 with the same name.

Krilon, directed by Carolina Frände, artistic director of Kulturhuset Stadsteatern Skärholmen, is based on Nobel Prize winner Eyvind Johnson’s classic resistance trilogy from the early 40’s. How easy is it to stay at its democratic values when it’s blowing? Krilon is about resistance, against anti-democratic forces that act as well in the world as on the housing market in Stockholm, forces that threaten Krilon, his group and democracy itself. Anxiety and suspicion prevail. The resistance man John Krilon is played by actor Pablo Leiva Wenger.

– In times like these we can not shut our eyes for the hatred we are encouraged to feel for our fellow human beings. Krilon is today and Krilon is resistance, says Pablo Leiva Wenger.

On August 23, the newly written monologue Ned med vapnen!, written by Stina Oscarsson in direction of Nora Nilsson, first perfromance:
Important message to all citizens! If the war comes; Down with the weapons!
We meet here the modern heroine and peace activist Marta, on stage played by Robert Fux.
She is the daughter of the general who also marries a military. She lives in a world ruled by men and their war, but Marta becomes a pacifist! And now, in a time of rebuilding and heightened preparedness, she shouts at us with a voice that is as clear as Hesa Fredrik. A voice that dares and calls for resistance.

– Being able to figure this classical when it is set for the first time in Sweden feels amazing, Berta von Suttner’s thoughts and sharp requests really echo through the times, and we urge ourselves to take a stand. Over a hundred years after the book was issued and created commotion it is as smoky relevant. What world have we created and what world do we really want to leave behind us? says Robert Fux.

Berta von Suttner was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1905, as the first woman ever.

On September 1 has then Öppna era hjärtan, which are part of Stockholm berättar, premiere. True stories performed by actors on stage. Among other things, we meet an active Nazi who falls in love with a girl he meets on the commuter train. She turns out to be of foreign descent. And Jewish. Directed by Andreas Kundler, with script by award-winning journalist Amanda Glans.

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm