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– United States Premiere


"Guilty" ("Sek" is the original title in Icelandic.)

Hrafnhildur Hagalin Gudmundottir playwright

Salka Gudmundsdottir translator

Robert Greer director

T. Michael Culhanelighting designer

Jessa-Raye Courtcostume designer


Ivette Dumeng
Bryan Hamilton
Sean H. Land (AEA)
Bailey Newman
Mary Tierney (AEA)

“Guilty” by Hrafnhildur Hagalin Gudmundsdottir is based on the trial transcript from an 1837 criminal case, “the nastiest in Icelandic history” in the words of the young judge who presided there. A twelve-year-old girl is sexually abused on a remote farm, Rifsaedasel, in the moorlands high above the barren north coast of Iceland, 66°32' N, 16°11' W. The mother’s love affair with the abuser, the hired hand on her husband’s subsistence farm, drives her to testify against her young daughter during the trial in a desperate attempt to conceal her lover´s crime. The crime of adultery, to which the mother confesses, is at the time of the trial a capital offense. What punishment will the judge mete out?

The playwright works from the actual testimony, which has been preserved to this day in the handwritten Thingeyjasysla County court records. “Guilty” focuses on the love triangle; on Jorunn, the mother´s, sexual obsession; and, consequently, on the eternal questions of innocence and guilt. Two actors, Bryan Hamilton and Sean H. Land, will alternate in the rôles of Fridfinnur, the hypersexual farmhand, and Jon, Jorunn’s ineffectual husband. Ivette Dumeng will play Jorunn and Bailey Newman her daughter Gudrun. The judge, an old man remembering this, the first trial at which he presided, will be by actress Mary Tierney. Robert Greer directs; Jessa-Raye Court and T. Michael Culhane design costumes and lighting.


Community Theater


Tuesday - September 5 - 9pm
Monday - September 11 - 9pm
Saturday - September 16 - 2pm
Sunday - September 17 - 2pm
Sunday - September 17 - 8pm

Running time: Guilty is 60 Minutes $15.

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PLAYWRIGHT Born in Reykjavík in 1965, Hrafnhildur Hagalín graduated from the Reykjavík College of Music as a classical guitarist and later studied Literature and Theatre at the University of Sorbonne, Paris-I V. Her first play, “I Am the Maestro”, was produced at the Reykjavík City Theatre and won her the Icelandic Critics´ Award in 1991 and the Nordic Theatre Prize in 1992. It has since been translated to twelve languages and produced in many countries around the world, including Australia, France and the USA. It was nominated as Best Foreign Play in Italy in 2004.
“Easy Now, Electra”, Hrafnhildur´s second play, premiered at the Icelandic National Theatre in 2000 and was nominated to Gríman, the Icelandic Theatre Prize, as the Best Icelandic Play in 2001. Her other plays include “North” 2004, “Salka Valka” (an adaption of the novel by Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness) 2005, a television play and the radio play “Loners” which a cycle of short plays for older actors produced and broadcast by Icelandic State Broadcasting System in September 2009.
Hrafnhildur’s plays have been published by Mál og menning in Reykjavík, “Iperborea” (“Io sono il Maestro”, “I am the Maestro”, 2003) and Oxford University Press (“Easy Now, Electra”, in Anthology of Modern Women Playwrights of Europe, 2002 ). Since 2009 she and Steinunn Knútsdóttir have lead Room 408, an online theatre venue based in Reykjavik and focused on digital performance and specializing in exploring the web as a place for performance and performance making. Hrafnhildur lives in Reykjavík and is dramaturg at the Reykjavík City Theatre.

Robert Greer artistic director, the Strindberg Rep) has directed contemporary Swedish playwrights’ English-language premieres: Marianne Goldman, Helena Sigander, Cecilia Sidenbladh, Oravsky and Larsen, Hans Hederberg, Margareta Garpe and Kristina Lugn; Denmark's Stig Dalager, Norway's Edvard Rønning, and classic Swedes Benedictsson, Kieler, Leffler, Skram and Strindberg ("Casper's Fat Tuesday", "Easter", "Miss Julie", "Motherlove", "Pariah", "Storm", "The Stronger", "To Damscus" parts I and II ― and "Playing with Fire" in an Off Broadway production that received Audelco nominations for Best Revival, Best Ensemble and Best Costume Design); at the Strindberg Museum and Strindberg Festival, Stockholm, the Edinburgh and NY Fringe Festivals, TNC's Lower East Side Festival, Barnard, Columbia, Rutgers, UCLA, the Miranda, Pulse and Theater Row Theaters, LaMama, Manhattan Theatre Source, Tribeca Lab, Synchronicity, TSI and Barge Music. and the Duplex in LA, as well the Gene Frankel Theatre where the Strindberg Rep is resident company. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors’ Equity and the Strindberg Society, and a life member of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study and Swedish Translators in North America, of which he was the founding vice-president.  



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