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After The Rehearsal & Persona, part of the Bergman 100 Celebration

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Sunday, April 22, 2018

Theater

Two Ingmar Bergman screenplays are brilliantly reimagined for the stage by celebrated director Ivo van Hove. This theatrical double-bill delving into the messy lives of theater artists features searing performances to match the layered psychological drama of Bergman’s texts.

Price

$29 - $59

Run Time

Approx. 2-3/4 hours

About

“Mr. van Hove brings us so close to a work’s white-hot emotional center that it burns as it never has before.”
The New York Times

After the Rehearsal and Persona
Presented by Toneelgroep Amsterdam
Directed by Ivo van Hove

Two Ingmar Bergman screenplays are brilliantly reimagined for the stage by celebrated Belgian director Ivo van Hove, whose work was last seen here in his stunning take on A View From the Bridge. This theatrical double-bill, with each play delving into the messy lives of theater artists, features deeply emotional and physical performances to match the layered psychological drama of Bergman’s texts.

After the Rehearsal centers on director Hendrik Vogler, a man who organizes his life within the confines of the theater. His work is his life: rehearsals are like notes in his diary, performances are his autobiography. All emotions are submitted to his control. Yet as the women in his life begin to intrude, he learns that life and reality cannot be kept at bay.

In Persona, an actress falls mute during a performance of Electra and has not spoken since. But does she have a condition or is she merely assuming another role? The star-struck nurse who cares for her idolizes the actress at first, but then develops a deep resentment toward her charge. As tensions build between the two, manipulation and emotional attacks trade back and forth, and their two personalities seem to slowly meld together.

Performed in Dutch 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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