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Private Confessions, part of the Bergman 100 Celebration

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - Saturday, December 9, 2017

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U.S. premiere–exclusive U.S. engagement! Ingmar Bergman’s muse, celebrated director Liv Ullmann, expands Bergman's 1996 film into a stage adaptation of poignant, non-linear series of “confessions” which delve into the realms of infidelity, family relationships, loneliness, and the weighty results of keeping secrets deep within.

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“Concentrated and fine, with depth and many layers”—Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation

Private Confessions
Presented by
National Theater of Norway
Directed by Liv Ullmann

Step into a deeply personal and heartbreakingly authentic world of secrets and explore what keeping those secrets does to one’s relationships. Ingmar Bergman’s powerfully penned 1996 film of the same name delved into the deepest thoughts of his mother, which were revealed to him only after her death through the pages of her diary. Bergman’s muse, celebrated Norwegian director Liv Ullmann, helmed the film; she now returns to direct a stage adaptation of the work, which premiered in Oslo in January 2016 and now makes its U.S. premiere. The play’s powerful source material has been expanded to include the diaries Ingmar himself kept during the film’s production. The result is a poignant, non-linear series of “confessions” which delve into the realms of infidelity, family relationships, loneliness, and the weighty results of keeping secrets deep within.

A co-production between National Theater of Norway and Riksteatret
Performed in Norwegian with projected English titles.
Recommended for age 16 and up.

Part of the Bergman 100 Celebration
Ingmar Bergman (1918–2007) is considered one of the most accomplished and influential auteurs of all time. The legendary Swedish artist directed more than 60 films and documentaries, most of which he also wrote, and directed more than 170 plays. His creations constantly navigated the boundaries of the human psyche, while at the same time exploring love, beauty, and the meaning of life in ravishing and astounding ways. We invite you to celebrate this groundbreaking artist’s centennial with exclusive opportunities to experience some of his most eminent work reimagined for the stage.

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