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Eugene O’Neill

MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA

Adapted for the stage by Cecilia Ölveczky and Eirik Stubø

MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA

Det Norske Teatret, Oslo, Norway

Director: Eirik Stubø

Performed in Norwegian, with Hungarian and English subtitles

3 hours with 2 breaks.

Eugene O’Neill’s trilogy Mourning Becomes Electra was inspired by Aeschylus’ Oresteia. The American playwright both follows the storyline of the ancient drama and changes the setting and time of the plot: the play is set in the USA after the Civil War. Instead of the House of Atreus, the audience bears witness to the tragic fate of a wealthy American family.

Upon returning home from the war, father and son wish to forget their horrible experiences, but the idyllic home soon becomes a battlefield. O’Neill was also profoundly inspired by Freudian teachings, popular in the 1930s when the play was written. The notion of the Oedipus complex, emotions that never find expression, childhood wounds preserved in the unconscious mind, and repressed sexual desires are all present in this bloody family drama, and they all have a powerful dramatic effect. It comes as no surprise that some critics interpret the drama as a psychological case study.

Det Norske Teatret from Oslo uses a jazz trio instead of a Greek chorus. The production has been highly successful with audiences and critics in Oslo and at the Ingmar Bergman Theatre Festival in Stockholm. The excellent performances, fine music, and visual elements convey the message of O’Neill’s tragic play faithfully while also speaking directly to today’s audiences.

Actors:

Orin – Torbjørn Eriksen
Lavinia – Kirsti Stubø
Adam Brandt – Lasse Kolsrud
General Ezra Mannon – Bjørn Skagestad
Christine Mannon – Gjertrud Jynge
Peter Niles – Espen Løvås
Hazel Niles – Marie Blokhus

Musicians:
Steinar Sønk Nickelsen,
Erik Nylander
Håvard Stubø

 

stage designer: Kari Gravklev
costume designer: Kari Gravklev
musical director: Steinar Sønk Nickelsen
lighting designer: Torkel Skjærven
video designer: Boya Bøckman
sound designer: Vibeke Blydt-Hansen
dramaturge: Cecilia Ölveczky
stage manager: Per Berg-Nilsen
makeup: Tonje Lie Nauff
prompter: Torill Steinlein

 

 

Director

Eirik Stubø

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Gobbi Hilda Stage
Eirik Stubø

Eirik Stubø

Eirik Stubø was born in 1965 in Narvik, a city in the northern part of Norway. He studied at the universities in Oslo and Tromsř. In 1991, he completed his doctorate at the University of Tromsř. He then began pursuing studies to become a director at the Norwegian National Academy of Theatre. In 1997-2000, he served as the director of the Rogaland Theatre in Stavanger, a city in western Norway. He became the head and main director of the National Theatre in Oslo and the artistic director of the International Ibsen Festival, positions he held until 2009. In 2013, he was appointed to serve as the head of the Stockholm City Theatre, and in 2015 he was made the director of DRAMATEN, the Royal Dramatic Theatre until 2019. His productions have been performed at numerous international festivals. In 2007, he was awarded the prize for best director for one of his productions of Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck. He most recently came to Budapest in 2011 with his production of Jon Fosse’s play Someone Is Going To Come. He has won numerous distinctions in Norway, including the Critics’ Prize and the Hedda Award for best direction.

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