Humour and Humanity. Contemporary plays from Finland
Wilmer, S. E. and Pirkko Koski Humour and Humanity
Contemporary Plays from Finland
The plays in this volume reflect the uncertainty accompanying social transformations in the new millennium. They have all been very popular with Finnish and international audiences: Border Crossing by Kari Hotakainen won the 2006 Nordic Drama Prize and Mobile Horror by Juha Jokela has already been translated into many languages. Panic was selected for the Baltic Circle Theatre Festival in 2005; and Reko Lundán’s Can You Hear the Howling? and Queen C by Laura Ruohonen were chosen for the Culture 2000 translation series.
In each of the plays the characters search for meaningful lives in a world that seems confusing and purposeless to them. The plays explore universal themes such as crises in identity, love relationships, problems of unemployment, dysfunctional families, alcohol abuse, and the questioning of moral and spiritual values. They have been chosen for this anthology on the basis of their international appeal as much as their aesthetic and dramatic quality. All the writers discuss serious and significant issues with a great sense of humour and humanity.
The book includes following plays:
Kari Hotakainen: Border Crossing (Punahukka)
Juha Jokela: A Mobile Horror
Reko Lundàn: Can You Hear the Howling? (Teillä ei ollut nimiä)
Mika Myllyaho: Panic (Paniikki)
Laura Ruohonen: Queen C (Kuningatar K)
Publisher: LIKE (2006)