Strange Interlude is at the same time a melodramatic portrait, a comic strip, an opera, a documentary, a family soap and on top a sharp criticism on all these genres.
The human psyche is tarnished. The entire male carousel runs away with itself. The family is exposed as an inferno. Moreover Perceval casts a critical eye on the catholic Flemish mentality which restricts life instead of allowing its freedom. All this is brought on stage in all its brusque multiplicity. Strange Interlude is a five hour O’Neill soap opera. O’Neill conjures up man’s eternal dilemmas and is seen as the precursor of all great theatre big shots such as Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller.
‘Strange Interlude’ is selected for the Flemish-Dutch Theaterfestival. At the same festival Luk Perceval is nominated for the Proscenium Prize for his direction of ‘Strange Interlude’. Luk Perceval is rewarded by the V.A.B. with the Oscar De Gruyter Prize. Victor Löw is nominated for the Arlecchino (best male supporting role) for his role as Charlie Marsden and Katelijne Damen is nominated for the Theo d’Or (best female leading role) for her role as Nina Leeds and receives V.A.B.’s public award. The performance is also awarded the Dommelsch Theatre Prize for most remarkable production of the season.’
Blauwe Maandag Cie/ Co-production Noordelijk Theatre De Voorziening Groningen
Vic De Wachter
Michel Van Dousselaere
Carina Van Der Sande
Text Eugene O’neill
Direction Luk Perceval
Bewerking Pol Dehert, Luk Perceval and Gommer Van Rousselt
Scenography Jan Maillard
Costumes Greet Prové
Dramaturgy Gommer Van Rousselt
Light Design Steve Kemp