Two Bergman screenplays are reimagined for the stage in a double bill about the chaotic lives of theatre people, exposing the fine line between art and reality, illness and normality. After the Rehearsal
: For Hendrik Vogler, a director obsessed by his work, rehearsals are like notes in his diary, performances his autobiography. Everything is subject to his control yet it soon becomes apparent that life cannot be kept at bay when ex lover Rachel and Anna, her daughter and his current star, breach his sanctum. Persona
: Celebrated actress Elisabeth Vogler falls mute and retreats into silence. It's as though a short circuit has occurred, calling into question the roles she must play. She is cared for in hospital by nurse Alma who then accompanies her to an island summerhouse in an attempt to coax her into speaking again. Tension between the two builds. Performed in Dutch with English surtitles.Performers Marieke Heebink, Gaite Jansen, Frieda Pittoors, Gijs Scholten van Aschat.
Producer Barbican. Producer Theatre de la Place (Liege). Producer Les Theatres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Producer Maison des arts de Creteil. Company Toneelgroep. Director Ivo van Hove. Translation Karst Woudstra (After the Rehearsal). Translation Peter Van Kraaij (Persona). Dramaturg Peter Van Kraaij. Design Jan Versweyveld. Lighting Jan Versweyveld. Sound Roeland Fernhout. Costume An D'Huys.