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Gloucester Stage
a.k.a. Gorton Theatre 267 East Main Street Gloucester, MA 01930
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Enigma Variations

By Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

Translated by Jeremy Sams

Directed by GSC Artistic Associate David Zoffoli

Journalist Erik Larsen is offered an unprecedented interview with Abel Znorko, the larger than life author and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. This beautifully wrought psychological drama is sometimes a duel and sometimes a duet, but never what it appears to be.

Who do we love when we love? Do we ever know who the beloved one is? Is mutual affection but a happy and lucky misunderstanding?

Love is a mystery and the very reason why, on the stage, one man faces another. On one side, Abel Znorko, a Nobel Prize-winning author who lives far from men and civilization. On his island lost in the middle of the Norwegian sea, he keeps on remembering the woman he loved passionately and with whom he corresponded for a long time. On the other: Erik Larsen, a journalist who wants to interview the writer.

But the interview is only a pretext. So what is Larsen’s secret motive?  What is the link between him and this woman Znorko claims he has never forgotten?  And most of all, why has the misanthrope agreed to meet him?  The encounter will quickly turn into a very cruel and vicious truth game. The two men, like two boxers, will in turn reveal their secrets.

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