Stockholm by Seventh Stage Productions with Nightwood Theatre
Stockholm is a play by Byrony Lavery, a British playwright known for the feminist undertones or themes of her works. She actively set out, as a former actress, to write more and better roles for women, and has written a large number of plays with such roles.
Stockholm is a play dealing with, as you might guess from the title, stockholm syndrome, in which a battered or abused victim comes to identify strongly with or to love their abuser. More information on stockholm syndrome can be found here. In the case of this play, we have an attractive and successful couple, the type many might like to emulate. It’s his birthday and she wants to give him a perfect day. They are also planning a trip to Stockholm shortly, which may be jeopardized.
Probing into the psychology of Stockholm Syndrome, Lavery transports us into a lovers’ dance that is at once destructive and euphoric. Stockholm leaves us questioning the fine lines between love and lust, aggressor and victim.
This past Tuesday, I was lucky enough to get complimentary tickets to go see a local group, Seventh Stage Productions in association with Nightwood Theatre, put on this play. As I’d been waiting and hoping to be around when it was showing, I was of course quite excited and so wanted to share it with you here. The acting was superb, as was the whole set and production. The play explores complex issues thoughtfully and sensitively.
If you get a chance to see this play, anywhere they may be putting it on around the world, definitely go. (And / or pick up the book – I’m now waiting for my copy to show up!)