New Plays from Finland
The Map (2019)
The Map (Kartta) is a play that has been described as a modern-day version of Beckett’s famous play, Waiting for Godot. Some might categorize it as an unusual comedy. Some might call it an existential exploration of humanity’s search for clarity of purpose and meaning. One thing is certain, however: Minna Nurmelin has left space for the reader to interpret meanings from between the lines. It is our task as the readers to decipher what we wish to be left with from this story.
The play is about three couples who have lost their shared companion, Kaarina. Without Kaarina, they have no sense of direction both literally and figuratively. In order to recalibrate themselves they must go through a spiritual journey together to figure out what role Kaarina played in their lives. Can they manage without Kaarina? Should they? Is their own sense of self and direction dependent on Kaarina? Their explorative journey brings forth the importance of community and the love that can be found from within it.
Stylistically, The Map is written as an absurdist dialogue play. It questions the reliance we have on aspects of our lives to remain unchanged and looks at what happens to our perspectives once the wind has been removed from our sails and the driving force pushing us forward disappears.
The play’s first premiere took place in the Finnish National Theatre’s small stage. English translation by Mia Spangenberg.
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- Kartta (Finnish, original)
- The Map (English)