Rakkaita pettymyksiä rakkaudessa

Original name Rakkaita pettymyksiä rakkaudessa
Kirjoittajat Juha Turkka
Jouko Turkka
Original language Finnish
Premiere year 1996
Theater Tampereen Työväen Teatteri, TTT / Theatre of Tampere
Keywords Drama

Performances abroad

Sphinx Theatre, London 2001

Synopsis

Characters: 2 male, 2 female

The main character of the play, the editor-in-chief of a big Tampere newspaper, a dignified older woman, falls head over heels in love with Finland's youngest doctor of philosophy, Himanen. Confronted with this mature love, she is prepared to make any sacrifice, both personal, in terms of her own female body, and professional, in terms of the enormous influence she wields in her native city. She is prepared to even change the Tampere international theatre festival into an international festival of philosophy. To her misfortune, Himanen goes into the army for his national service, with an intention of turning every conscript into a philosopher. The army, however, shows no mercy to the country's youngest philosopher, and so, weary of being bullied, he leaves the army. Yet, he doesn’t leave alone for the company sergeant major considers it his duty to save Himanen: “I shall make Himanen a man” – task he energetically assigns to himself.
The events of the play take place during the course of one night in the lady editor's Tampere flat, where the young rival, Kati Herukka, also appears, seeking Himanen's love. During the course of the night, the four characters' most secret love fantasies are revealed, and in this passionate night of love, the happiness brought by love and the disappointments born of the lack thereof alternate, as the title delightfully suggests.
In Finland, the play received a prize for the best play of the year 1996.

Translations

Language Spanish
Translation name Amorosas decepciones en el amor
Translators Maritza Núñez
Copies available The Finnish Dramatists' Union, http://www.sunklo.fi
Drama agency The Finnish Dramatists' Union, http://www.sunklo.fi

Language Swedish
Translation name Kära besvikelser i kärlekslivet
Translators Lars Huldén
Julkaisija Drama ISBN 87-7865-088-7
Copies available Finnish Theatre Information Centre, tinfo(at)teatteri.org
Drama agency The Finnish Dramatists' Union, http://www.sunklo.fi

Language English
Translation name Cherished Disappointments in Love
Translators Bryony Lavery
Kaarina Kytömaa
Julkaisija Sphinx Theatre Company 1998
Copies available The Finnsh Dramatists' Union, http://www.sunklo.fi
Drama agency The Finnish Dramatists' Union, http://www.sunklo.fi