by Erlend Loe
adapted for the stage by Kurt Engh
The adaptation of Erlend Loe's 1995 Norwegian cult novel "Naïve. Super." makes its national stage debut at Norway House.
Featuring a new performer every night, performing the play for the first time in dialogue with the director.
"This is the book that every searching 20-something needs. The sense of humor is spot-on, and the book turned me on to Norwegian literature as a whole, though unfortunately not much of Erlend Loe’s work has been translated."
- Pete Buttigieg's 10 Favorite Books, Vulture.com
Troubled by an inability to find any meaning in his life, the 25-year-old narrator of this deceptively simple novel quits university and eventually arrives at his brother's New York apartment.
In a bid to discover what life is all about, he writes lists. He becomes obsessed by time and whether it actually matters. He faxes his meteorologist friend. He endlessly bounces a ball against the wall. He befriends a small boy who lives next door. He yearns to get to the bottom of life and how best to live it.
Funny, friendly, enigmatic and frequently poignant - superbly naive.
When I wasn’t sleeping I ran around and was excited. I never walked. I ran.
I should never have stopped running.
All shows begin at 7:30pm
Preview Performance $10 | General Admission $20 | Norway House Members $15
AUTHOR | Erlend Loe
ADAPTER / DIRECTOR / PRODUCER | Kurt Engh
PRODUCER | Danielle Kincs
VIDEO | Keller Davis
SOUND | MaeAnn Ross
PROJECTION DESIGN | Jackson Cobb
GRAPHIC DESIGN | Tyler George
POSTER ARTIST | Frank Lyon II
PERFORMERS | William Edson, Rachel Lawhead, Chloé Bell, Reyna Rios, Berto Borroto, and Miriam Schwartz
William Edson is originally from San Francisco, California. A recent graduate of the University
of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training program, he currently works with Park Square
Theatre teaching Storytelling and Improv to those 55 and up. He’s thrilled to be performing at
Rachel Lawhead is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program, originally hailing from Vienna, Virginia. Some of her favorite credits include writing and performing her one-woman senior thesis project, The Trial of Countess Elizabeth Báthory, originating the role of Sofya in After Platonov by Craig Johnson, and performing with DeCantus at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.
Chloé Bell (she/her), originally from Louisville, KY, is an actor here in the Twin Cities! After graduating from the University of MN/Guthrie BFA Actor training program last year, she has worked with Open Eye Figure Theatre, Theater Unbound, Theater at Monmouth in Maine, and The Lark Theatre in New York. Some of her favorite roles have been The Girl With Scissors in The Beldenville Troll, Coredelia/Fool in King Lear, and Medea in Argonautika.
Reyna Rios is a film and theater actor born in Mexico and raised in Minnesota. Her favorite film credits include: Case of the Yesterdays- Dir. by Owen Royce, Laundry Day- Dir. by Johnny Regep, After- Dir. by KJ Schomas. Her most recent theater credits include: You are Here- Dir. by KC Sanchez, Native Gardens- Dir. by Blake Johnson.
Berto Borroto is a senior in the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training Program. Recent performances include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (El-Fayoumy), Twelfth Night (Sebastian), Henry V (Alice/Pistol), Electra (Aegisthus), Legally Blonde (Warner Huntington III). He would like to thank his family, friends, Kurt, and every person out there who is fighting against the hate being thrown towards the Latinx and LGBTQ communities.
Miriam Schwartz is a Seattle native and graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre BFA Actor Training Program. She has been seen on many Twin Cities stages including the Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood Theater, Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, Artistry MN, and The Playwrights' Center. Most recent credits include Catherine in Boston Marriage (Arrow Theatre Company), Amber in Actually (MJTC), Anne in The Father (Gremlin Theatre Company), and Chana in Indecent (Guthrie Theater, and upcoming at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, OR).
Kurt Engh is a theater producer, director, playwright, and actor born and raised in the Twin Cities. After graduating from Texas State University, he worked at the Contemporary American Theater Festival, The Public Theater, and currently at the Guthrie Theater. Favorite credits include: co-director/actor in Sessions, a compilation piece inspired by Salome from Charles Mee's (Re)making Project; director of Swimming in the Shallows by Adam Bock; and touring the country in the National Tour of Little House on the Prairie.