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Presentation

  • “Sooner or later, you will all have to look at me.” With 20 November, Lars Norén gives us the opportunity to watch and listen for an hour to an 18-year-old man about to shoot up his school in Emsdetten, Westphalia. The Swedish playwright researched the 2006 massacre extensively, reading the young man's diary and his posts on social networks, watching the video he made before his shooting spree, etc. In a painfully honest and unrelenting monologue, he speaks of his bullying, his hatred of school and institutions, his feeling of being trapped. In a text halfway between the manifesto and the soliloquy, he develops a political theory to justify what he's about to do, while revealing his most intimate wounds. This teenager looks like so many others; why him? Why now? Sofia Jupither wants us to hear a young man, not a monster. Is he a product of his time? The victim of a delusion? A fighter on the front lines of upcoming civil wars? He bares all but remains inscrutable. With his raw sensitivity and solidity, David Fukamachi Regnfors faces the audience and becomes this frightening mystery. A violence that can't erase his humanity.

    Sofia Jupither
    Sofia Jupither isn't afraid to seem naive: the goal of her theatre is to understand people and what motivates their actions, even the strangest and cruelest of them, without judgment. Since 2001 in Sweden and 2005 in Norway, she has met with great acclaim, especially when directing Scandinavian playwrights, be they classic—Ibsen and Strindberg—or modern—Jon Fosse and Lars Norén, a fellow Swede. In Norén's work, she particularly enjoys the empathy that transpires in his attempt to clinically describe the modern world. As part of the project Villes en scène/Cities on stage, his text Fragmente was directed by Sofia Jupither in Gothenburg in 2012. It is through that project that she met Romanian playwright Gianina Cărbunariu. With The Tigress, she has chosen to venture into a new dramatic genre: a composite form of theatre, characterised by its distance and its direct address to the audience. A new experience that shares with her previous creations the desire to show that everything in man is human.

    Lars Norén
    Whether in the family circle or on the margins of society, Lars Norén always plumbs the human soul with bluntness and tenderness. Seen as the heir to Ibsen, Strindberg, and Bergman—whom he once succeeded as director of the Royal Dramatic Theatre—he focuses on family relationships (Demons, Bobby Fischer is Alive and Lives in Pasadena) as well as on historical and recent tragedies (Cold, War, 20 November). At the heart of his vision always remains this tormented human he likes to dissect and describe. Since 1999, he has been the director of Riks Drama, an itinerant national theatre.

  • Distribution

    Text Lars Norén
    Direction Sofia Jupither
    Stage design Erlend Birkeland
    Lights Ellen Ruge

    With David Fukamachi Regnfors

    Production

    Production Jupither Josephsson Theatre Company
    Co-production Royal Dramatic Theatre Stockholm, Uppsala City Theatre

    20 November by Lars Norén, translation Katrin Ahlgren is published by éditions de L'Arche. 

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