When we Dead Awaken: Eastern Adaptation of Ibsen Play at Kennedy Center
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The last date listed for When We Dead Awaken was Saturday March 5, 2011 / 7:30pm.
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Pretty bad. It was in an Indian language and although we understood it would be translated with surtitles, it was not. Or just minimally. For every few minutes of speech there was maybe one sentence of translation. This of course made the story incoherent or at least not worth trying to follow. After a while I stopped reading the sparse translations. That left nothing besides the set (nice lighting and props) and the emotive qualities of the actors. And what we got there was just a 90 minute shouting match. So in total, we had sustained antagonism. And some pretty flowers and birds. That's all I got out of it. Why use language in such a play? Why not just do it in mime?
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Selected for its universal human themes of death and resurrection, When We Dead Awaken directed by writer, director, and actor Ratan Thiyam puts an Eastern twist on Henrik Ibsen’s final play of the same name. Chorus Repertory Theatre’s production revolves around the buried symbolism in names and occupations.
A sculptor who has grown cold to his wife is led to climb a great mountain by an intriguing woman. But the monolith proves to be too much for the sculptor in this enigmatic play that hints that when we wake up to our reality, there is little around to recognize.
In this adaptation, scenes from the original play have been picked up and interpolated, without distorting the original idea and using unaltered dialogues from the original text.
The play is performed in Manipuri with English surtitles.