Nordic Cool 2013: Winter Guests, Norway: Bird in Magic Rain with Tears
This multimedia two-act play that revolves around the intertwined fates of three characters--a conceptual artist grieving over her son's death, a boy-prostitute searching for the truth about his past, and a terminally ill businessman longing for love.
- Feb. 20 - 21, 2013
- Terrace Theater
- 2 hours, 15 minutes
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Written by Alan Lucien Øyen and Andrew Wale
Directed by Alan Lucien Øyen
"Sends shivers of joy down your spine because it's so elegant, raw, and cheeky"
How far would you go to be immortalized in cyberspace? In Bird in Magic Rain With Tears, a riveting, multimedia play in two acts, the lengths--and the limits--to this question are precariously navigated by three lost souls whose paths fatefully intertwine: a conceptual artist grieving over her son's death, an HIV-positive boy-prostitute seeking the truth about his past, and a terminally ill, closeted gay businessman longing for the love his marriage could never provide. Starting with a sparse set, up-and-coming Norwegian theater artist Alan Lucien Øyen and his company Winter Guests surround these characters with two revolving walls, juxtaposing their interactions with live video and using smartphones and laptops as the only props. Also taking inspiration from a biography of real-life shipping mogul John Fredriksen, once the richest man in Norway, Øyen treads the boundaries of fact vs. fiction--and how we attempt to stage and preserve our fragile lives. In English.
Explore the Arts: On February 20, join a free post-performance discussion with a moderator and members of the company.
Part of Nordic Cool 2013.
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Nordic Cool 2013's theater engagements are supported by the
Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.
The Kennedy Center Theater Season is sponsored by Altria Group.
Nordic Cool 2013 is presented in cooperation with
and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and Barbro Osher
Major support is provided by the Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter,
Mrs. Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Dr. Glen Nelson, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation,
David M. Rubenstein, and the State Plaza Hotel.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.