Rehersals for 1880 – America have started, and for several weeks we have discussed and improvised to find the shape ofour lutefisk mafia history.
The roles have been given out, and we’ve talked a lot about who these characters are. This time it’s Per’s turn to play “the big boss”. In 1880 that is the father of the house and mob boss, Solomon.
We discuss the room. What do we want, how should the scenography be? We see theater to be inspired and get ideas for our own play. We have also been on a little field trip to Göteborg in Sweden.
While the actors are on tour in Buskerud, our eminent director and screenwriter Yngve have continued writing the script.
We know what we want to say with this performance; we want to show the audience that our emigration in the late 1800s is not that different from the challenges many people say we have with immigration to Norway today; we kept to ourselves and would rather speak Norwegian. Most would retain their own culture and religion, dress in Norwegian clothes and had little interest of, and almost repelled the sinful West.