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Arne Lygre

Tage unter [Dager Under]
17 and 18 December 2011

The playwright Arne Lygre was born in 1968 in Bergen, Norway. After initial attempts to become an actor he began writing at the age of 25. His very first play Mamma og meg og menn (Mama and me and men), which appeared in 1998 and was premiered in Stavanger, established his reputation in his homeland. This was followed by Brått evig (Live Forever), Skygge av en gutt (Shadow of a Boy), Mann uten hensikt (Man Without Prospects), Dager under (Days Beneath), Så stillhet (And then silence) and Jeg forsvinner (I shall disappear). Critics have praised Lygre’s precise, laconic style and his unconventional dramaturgy which allows an unusually striking and claustrophobic effect to unfold, oscillating between the realistic and the surreal, between psychology and typology, between intimacy with the characters and distance from them. His plays have been translated into twelve languages and have been performed internationally – outside Norway most notably in France. Man Without Prospects has been produced in German at the Theater am Neumarkt in Zurich (2006) and the Badisches Staatstheater in Karlsruhe (2009).

In 2004 Lygre made his debut with the volume of short stories Tid inne, which won the Norwegian Publishers’ Association’s famous Brage Prize. In 2006 he published the novel Et siste ansikt (2006) and most recently Min døde mann (2009).

Further information: www.arnelygre.com

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