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Roberta Levitow January 17, 2008 No Comments

Death Variations

by Jon Fosse

Shocked by the suicide of their Daughter two ordinary people, a Man and a Woman, search for the meaning of the finality of and the reasons for her death.  Unable either to comprehend or accept the reality of the event, they enter a Time Tunnel, where they hope to find answers to their quest.  In an attempt to understand something their minds refuse to understand, they confront, and are confronted by, themselves from the past.  They trace their Daughter's life from the time before her birth until  after her death. Feeling ignored by her parents after they split up and afraid of experiencing more pain, she believes she finds salvation in solitude and her relationship with an imaginary Friend, who is always there for her.  She devises an image that would secure an idyllic life for her, protect her, make her feel happy, help her find peace.  She knows that person exists, she knows he has always been there.    And when he is not, she is waiting for him, looking for him.  She knows he wants to be with her all the time.  She needs to be with him for ever.  She follows him and won’t let him disappear even if it means jumping off the cliff in pursuit of his presence.  She jumps.  She is still alone.  She realises she shouldn't have done it, she wants to come back.  She can't. 

Jon Fosse, the Norwegian dramatist, novelist and poet has written numerous plays, and also novels and poetry. He is one of the most performed playwrights in contemporary theatre – in 2002, there were 130 productions of his plays in Europe only. Fosse’s work is translated to more than 20 languages. He is the recipient of a number of awards and honours. He is often compared to Henrik Ibsen, and has become famous particularly for having created his own, unique theatrical language, through which he reflects his contemporary society. He creates an intense and poetic universe that irresistibly draws the audiences in. 

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