Personenkreis 3.1

Circle of Persons 3.1.

(Personenkreis 3.1)

Translated by Angelika Gundlach


5F / 10M

The title employs an academic phrase used in the Swedish administration, it is a euphemism for the debased and outcast of society: drug addicts, homeless, bums, prostitutes, the long-term unemployed, alcoholics, immigrants, the mentally ill, a crosscut of all layers of society. Norén gathers them in a large public space and follows them through the day. Fragments of biographies and personal tragedies emerge, documented through accurate observation and at the same time construed with artistic precision. "Here the invisible become visible... a labyrinth of confessions and hellish complaints.» (Die Zeit)

"Norén's eschatological play uses a monological structure to design a dramaturgy of destruction. The three acts are a methaphysical triptych, inscribed with a deep desire for liberation... an oratory for the discriminated.» (Frankfurter Rundschau)

World premiere
11.2.1998 Dramaten/Riksteatern, Stockholm (Director: Lars Norén)

German language premiere
24.1.2000 Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin (Director: Thomas Ostermeier)

Czech premiere National Theatre Prag, 2005 (Translator: Zbyněk Černík)
Polish premiere Teatr Polski, Poznan, Februar 2001 (Translator: Mariusz Kalinowski)
Romanian premiere June 2007 Teatrul Clasic „Ioan Slavici“ in Arad (Translator: Zoltan Schapira)
Dutch premiere Theater Utrecht, 9.10.18 (Translator: Karst Woudstra)

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