Olga

Original name Olga
Kirjoittajat Laura Ruohonen
Original language Finnish
Premiere year 1995
Theater Suomen Kansallisteatteri / Finnish National Theatre
Keywords Drama

Performances abroad

Workshop-performance, IWPC conference, Galway, Ireland 1997;
Staged reading, Piccolo Teatro, Milan, Italy 2005;
Rough Magic Theatre, Dublin, Ireland 2003;
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland 2001,2003;
Staged reading, Scandinavia on Stage conference, New York, USA 2001;
Staged reading, Nordic Drama, New York 2002;
Scandinavian Drama Festival, Dublin 2002;
Jaunas Teatras, Vilna, Lithuania 2000
Janka Kupala Academic Theatre, Minsk 2007;
Cut down version, Columbia university 2003;

Synopsis

“Real love happens when two people fall in love and share a life. But what do I get? Nothing but grief. Why couldn’t we have been born at the same time, and married?”

Olga is a moving play about the desire for life and the rebellion of an old woman who lives alone. When Olga notices that her relatives and surviving acquaintances are hoping for her death, she stops caring for the rules of convention. The young Rundis, an outcast and loser, also tries to exploit the old woman, but finds Olga defeats him. Unnecessary to others, these two creatures form an alliance and for a moment they become each other’s only friends. At the end of the play, Olga is left alone and gives up her rich life.

Translations

Language English
Translation name Olga
Translators Anselm Hollo
Copies available Theatre Info Finland (TINFO), tinfo(a)tinfo.fi
Drama agency Colombine Teaterförlag, Gaffelgränd 1 A, 11130 Stockholm, Sweden, info(at)colombine.se

Language Romanian
Translation name Olga
Translators Laura Vioreanu
Drama agency Colombine Teaterförlag, Gaffelgränd 1 A, 11130 Stockholm, Sweden, info(at)colombine.se

Language Lithuanian
Translation name Olga
Translators Regina Vencute
Drama agency Colombine Teaterförlag, Gaffelgränd 1 A, 11130 Stockholm, Sweden, info(at)colombine.se

Language German
Translation name Olga
Translators Angela Plöger
Copies available Edition Smidt, Wolfratshauser str. 55 D-82049 Pullach im Isartal, Germany, steets(at)editionsmidt.de
Drama agency Edition Smidt, Wolfratshauser str. 55 D-82049 Pullach im Isartal, Germany, steets(at)editionsmidt.de

Language Russian
Translation name Olga
Translators Venla Kiiranen
Julkaisija Zanaves 4/2000; Sovremennaja dramaturgija 2/2003
Copies available TINFO Theatre Info Finland, tinfo(at)tinfo.fi
Drama agency Colombine Teaterförlag, Gaffelgränd 1 A, 11130 Stockholm, Sweden, info(at)colombine.se

Language Italian
Translation name Olga
Translators Antonio Parente
Copies available TINFO Theatre Info Finland, tinfo(at)teatteri.org
Drama agency Colombine Teaterförlag, Gaffelgränd 1 A, 11130 Stockholm, Sweden, info(at)colombine.se

Language French
Translation name Olga
Translators Tytti Halme
Drama agency Colombine Teaterförlag, Gaffelgränd 1 A, 11130 Stockholm, Sweden, info(at)colombine.se

Language Chinese (Cantonese)
Translation name Olga
Translators Chen Chapman

Language English (American)
Translation name Olga
Translators Nely Keinänen
Copies available Nordic Drama Corner, www.dramacorner.fi, office(at)dramacorner.fi
Drama agency Nordic Drama Corner, www.dramacorner.fi, office(at)dramacorner.fi