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BERGMAN 100: After the Rehearsal and Persona at the Kennedy Center

19 Apr 2018, 8.00 PM - 22 Apr 2018, 8.00 PM

Two screenplays by legendary Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman are brilliantly reimagined for the stage by Tony Award®–winning Belgian director Ivo van Hove (the recent Broadway revival of A View from The Bridge) and his acclaimed ensemble Toneelgroep Amsterdam.

Delving into the messy lives of theater artists, both plays feature 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. The performance of Persona contains brief nudity.

Tickets and more information here.
 
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.

Last updated 12 Apr 2018, 10.36 AM