"Maybe there is something more than us, maybe there is something else than living. But of that I know nothing. I am not." In 1920 the Swedish Nobel Laureate Pär Lagerkvist wrote the cult classic "Det eviga leendet" ("The Eternal Smile") about a large group of dead people sitting in the dark.
They don't know where they are, maybe nowhere, but they talk to pass eternity. As milleniums pass they begin to get restlesss, an start wondering what is the meaning of it all. Unrest spreads across the group of dead and they decide to seak an answer with God.
Verk Produksjoner are a Norwegian company known for their epic and Vaudevillian style with a strong satirical, political undertow. They have visited Black Box Teater a number of times in the past years: In 2006 they brought Finn Iunker’s modern take on the Greek tragedy “Ifigeneia” to the stage with great success. They followed up with Iunker’s “The Answering Machine” in the spring of 2008, and his “Dealing with Helen”, also based on Euripides, in the autum the same year. All of these productions received great critical acclaim and Verk have toured extensively with them in both at home and abroad. In the autumn of 2009 they were all revived for Samtidsfestivalen, and the same autumn they also premiered Iunker’s text “Play Alter Native”.
On stage: Saila Hyttinen, Anders Mossling, Håkon Mathias Vassvik and Solveig Laland Mohn and more..Sound: Per Platou. Scenography: Signe Becker. Lighting: Tilo Hahn. Direction: Fredrik Hannestad. Text: Pär Lagerkvist. Dramaturgic input: Anders Paulin. Supported by: Norsk kulturråd. Co-production: Black Box Teater.