Selvänäkijä

Original name Selvänäkijä
Kirjoittajat Jussi Wahlgren
Original language Finnish
Premiere year 1994
Theater Hämeenlinnan Kaupungin Teatteri / Hämeenlinna Municipal Theatre
Keywords Drama

Performances abroad

The State National Theatre of Karelia, Petrozavodsk, Russia 1999;
Staged reading, The Actors' Stock Co., Dallas, USA 1994

Synopsis

Characters: 4 female, 3 male

ANITA is a clairvoyant who runs a small city hotel with her son, JAN, who is celebratinh his 20th birthday. As a B.D-present, ANITA has promised to finally reveal to JAN who his real father is. In the meantime, JAN has always enjoyed the option of being able to imagine his father in ideal terms: To whit, he has a picture of Big-Arnold Schwartzenegger on the wall, who he refers to as father. ANITA's mother ELENA, though technically an angel, is anything but an angel in her behaviour. She is ANITA's clairvoyant connection to the other side and only ANITA can hear her hectoring banter. Meanwhile, in another town, ANITA's long lost teenage lover, JOHAN - or The Smootcher, as he was then known - kills himself with an overdose of placebos and ends up on the other side with ELENA, with whom he never got on. In fact, as it is later revealed, it was ELENA who fouled up ANITA's and The Smootcher's excellent chance og making a match.
The children of these two old lovers, ANITA's son JAN, and MARY-ANNE, the daughter of The Smootcher who has arrived to try and sell a novel, meet and fall in love. JAN's long-anticipated meeting with his real father turns sour, as he is revealed to be the husband of ANITA's friend EVA, who has arrived unexpectedly (to find out from a clairvoyant if his husband has another woman!) In the end JAN and MARY-ANNE decide to get married, JOHAN is called back to life, due to a bureaucratic foul-up in heaven and is thereby free to resume his interupted affair with ANITA (after 25 years), and ELENA gets her permit to move on to Paradise...

Translations

Language Russian
Translation name Jasnovidjashchaja
Translators Jaana Zhemoitel
Venla Kiiranen
Drama agency Colombine Förlag, Stockholm, Sweden, berit.gullberg(at)colombine.se
Language English
Translation name The Clairvoyant
Translators Jussi Wahlgren
Copies available The Finnish Dramatists' Union, http://www.sunklo.fi
Drama agency Colombine Förlag, Stockholm, Sweden, berit.gullberg(at)colombine.se

Language German
Translation name Die Hellseherin
Translators Ulrike Miller
Copies available The Finnish Dramatists' Union, http://www.sunklo.fi
Drama agency Colombine Förlag, Stockholm, Sweden, berit.gullberg(at)colombine.se