27. august - 20. september
The Festival’s door opener is Oskaras Korsunovas, a prize-winning Lithuanian director who has
set his mark on European theatre during the last ten years with his expressive metaphorical
theatre. His philosophy is that classics should be staged as contemporary theatre and that
contemporary plays should be the classics of the future. He bases himself on a situation or even
just one reply – which he believes to be the quintessence of our time. His point of departure
is always existential: Who am I? Why am I? Where am I? His new reading of the text and his
interpretation of our own time merge to form a new story.
By Maxim Gorkij. Translated by Geir Kjetsaa. Director/stage designer: Oskaras Korsunovas.
Premiere on the Main Stage on 27 August.
Vassily Sigarev was 26 years old when he received the prestigious Charles Wintour Award for
his debut play Plasticine. He has said that Plasticine is based on events in the life of his own
brother, who was sentenced to seven years imprisonment after being involved in a drunken
brawl which ended in the death of one of the adversaries. Like the character, Maxim, in the
play, his suffering begins in earnest on the day when he is expelled from school.
By Vassilij Sigarev. Translated by Erik Egeberg. Director: Yngve Sundvor.
Premiere on the Amfi Stage on 28 August.
VaLerIe JeaN sOLaNas sKaL bLI presIDeNt I amerIKa
Apart from the attempted murder of Andy Warhol, Valerie Solanas is best known for her extreme
feminist SCUM Manifesto. In sequences resembling feverish dreams, we are taken back to the
childhood of Valerie Solanas in Georgia, via the university campuses, the red-light districts and
the Art Society of the 1960s in New York. The people we meet include her mother Dorothy who
has a fascination with Marilyn Monroe, the psychologist Dr. Ruth, the eccentric lover Cosmo Girl
and Andy Warhol.
By Sara Stridsberg. Translated by Monica Aasprong. Director: Kjersti Horn.
Premiere at the