Summer 2017 DETAIL

Guilty

Sep 05, 2017 through Sep 17, 2017 Limited Engagement

“Guilty” by Hrafnhildur Hagalin Gudmundsdottir is based on the trial transcript from an 1837 criminal case, “the nastiest in Icelandic history” in the words of the young judge who presided there. A twelve-year-old girl is sexually abused on a remote farm, Rifsaedasel, in the moorlands high above the barren north coast of Iceland, 66°32' N, 16°11' W. The mother’s love affair with the abuser, the hired hand on her husband’s subsistence farm, drives her to testify against her young daughter during the trial in a desperate attempt to conceal her lover´s crime. The crime of adultery, to which the mother confesses, is at the time of the trial a capital offense. What punishment will the judge mete out?

The playwright works from the actual testimony, which has been preserved to this day in the handwritten Thingeyjasysla County court records. “Guilty” focuses on the love triangle; on Jorunn, the mother´s, sexual obsession; and, consequently, on the eternal questions of innocence and guilt. Two actors, Bryan Hamilton and Sean H. Land, will alternate in the rôles of Fridfinnur, the hypersexual farmhand, and Jon, Jorunn’s ineffectual husband. Ivette Dumeng will play Jorunn and Bailey Newman her daughter Gudrun. The judge, an old man remembering this, the first trial at which he presided, will be by actress Mary Tierney. Robert Greer directs; Jessa-Raye Court and T. Michael Culhane design costumes and lighting. Charles Cascano is Stage Manager.

Robert Greer (artistic director, the Strindberg Rep) has directed contemporary Swedish playwrights’ English-language premieres: Marianne Goldman, Helena Sigander, Cecilia Sidenbladh, Oravsky and Larsen, Hans Hederberg, Margareta Garpe and Kristina Lugn; Denmark's Stig Dalager, Norway's Edvard Rønning, and classic Swedes Benedictsson, Kieler, Leffler, Skram and Strindberg ("Casper's Fat Tuesday", "Easter", "Miss Julie", "Motherlove", "Pariah", "Storm", "The Stronger", "To Damscus" parts I and II ― and "Playing with Fire" in an Off Broadway production that received Audelco nominations for Best Revival, Best Ensemble and Best Costume Design); at the Strindberg Museum and Strindberg Festival, Stockholm, the Edinburgh and NY Fringe Festivals, TNC's Lower East Side Festival, Barnard, Columbia, Rutgers, UCLA, the Miranda, Pulse and Theater Row Theaters, LaMama, Manhattan Theatre Source, Tribeca Lab, Synchronicity, TSI and Barge Music. and the Duplex in LA, as well the Gene Frankel Theatre where the Strindberg Rep is resident company. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors’ Equity and the Strindberg Society, and a life member of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study and Swedish Translators in North America, of which he was the founding vice-president.

Presented by August Strindberg Repertory Theatre in association with Theater Resources Unlimited.

Tickets are $15 as part of the Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival 2017.

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