Schoolhouse goes Scandinavian

The Schoolhouse Theater, the popular regional Equity theater in Croton Falls, has just released details of its new season – and you’ll want to mark your calendars.

The 2013-2014 productions kick off Oct. 10 with the U.S. premiere of “And Give Us The Shadows” by Lars Noren. The drama by Sweden’s most celebrated contemporary playwright, continuing through Nov. 3, starts the season that will also include productions of “The Seafarer” by Conor McPherson in March and “Luv” by Murray Schisgal in May.

The opening production, to be directed by Moni Yakim, founding member of the drama division of The Juilliard School, is a fictitious account of the activities that take place in the life of writer Eugene O’Neill on his 60th birthday in 1948.

How the show came to The Schoolhouse is an interesting one: the reclusive author granted the theater permission due to a very local tie. Marita Lindholm Gochman, a Swedish native and wife of Schoolhouse board member and Carmel resident Len Gochman, had translated the work into English. In fact, since 1985, she has translated 25 Noren plays, making her the playwright’s foremost English language translator.

What a lucky connection for the Schoolhouse.

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– Mary Shustack

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