WORLD STAGES: Harmsaga, The National Theatre of Iceland (Iceland)
U.S. PREMIERE! In this modern love story, a young couple desperately tries to save their marriage, exposing betrayed promises and broken dreams in the process.
- Mar. 15 - 16, 2014
- Terrace Theater
- 90 minutes
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The National Theatre of Iceland
by Mikael Torfason
Directed by Una Thorleifsdóttir
"The play raises many provocative questions, without trying to give simple answers.
You can't but listen intensively and get involved with all your heart and being."
--Rúv (the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service)
Starring Elma Stefanía Ágústsdóttir and Snorri Engilbertsson, Harmsaga is a new, contemporary love story about everything that went right and, perhaps more importantly, everything that went wrong. Ragnar and Sigrún, a young married couple with two small children, desperately try to save a relationship that is about to destroy them. She's a student, lonely and depressed at times, seeking friendship through the Internet. He's jealous and possessive, spying on her actions online. As recollections of their lives become a part of the quarrel, their love, heartache, broken promises, and shattered dreams are exposed in the process. Tensions mount to a shocking final scene, leaving no winner or loser in the devastating game they must play.
Free Explore the Arts Post-Performance Discussion: March 15
In English. Recommended for mature audiences.
Performance Timing: 90 minutes, with no intermission.
Part of WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014
- Snorri Engilbertsson, Ragnar
- Elma Stefanía Ágústsdóttir, Sigrún
- Mikael Torfason, playwright
- Una Thorleifsdottir, director
- John Grant, music
- Eva Signý Berger, set and costume design
- Magnús Arnar Sigurdarson, lighting design
- Kristinn Gauti Einarsson, soundscape
- Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir, Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Iceland
Presenting Underwriter HRH Foundation
Major support is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein.
Corporate support is provided by Chevron.
Additional support is provided by A. Huda and Samia Farouki, The Florence Gould Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, Amalia Perea Mahoney and William Mahoney, The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater, and the State Plaza Hotel.
International government support is provided by the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States, the Embassy of Israel in the United States, the Canada Council for the Arts, The National Theatre of Iceland, and the Japan Foundation.
Major support for education and related artistic programming is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, the National Committee for the Performing Arts, and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.