Theater Accént plays The Lesson by Eugène Ionesco at Fria Teaterns Lilla scen at Kungsholmen in Stockholm. Here you order the poster!
“- Nothing is comic. Everything is tragic. Nothing is tragic, everything is comic, everything is real, surreal, possible, impossible, imaginable, unthinkable. ” Eugène Ionesco, one of the most important playwrights of the absurdist theater, would describe his works just like that. The Absurdists saw reality through a laughing mirror and it is with black satire the society is depicted in this drama. The one act The Lesson parodies and mocks, but there is much below the surface. Because in a reality-unfamiliar world, we no longer know what’s right or wrong and life becomes nightmarish.
A young woman arrives at her private lesson. She will defend her thesis in three weeks but still does not seem to know even the four seasons. The curious teacher is quiet but aggressive while lecturing on mathematical archetypes and neo-spanish language groups. The teacher’s assistant Maurice often interrupts the teaching and is constantly in the background. But why does Maurice say that philology leads to the worst?
In 1951, The Lecture premiered on one of Paris’s smallest scenes. It was the start of the decade when the absurdist theater flourished. Since 1957 it has been played every night year round at the Théâtre de la Huchette. In Scandinavia, the lecture has been played at Dramaten in 1954 and 1996. And we could see Enetime at the Teatret ved Sorte Hest in Copenhagen, where it received amazing criticism.
By: Eugène Ionesco
Director: Linda Krüger
Teacher: Felix Boija
Eleven: Karin Johansson
Assistant: Benjamin Black