Two screenplays by legendary Swedish auteur Ingmar Bergman are reimagined for the stage by Tony Award-winning Belgian director Ivo van Hove and his acclaimed ensemble, Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Delving into the messy lives of theater artists, both plays feature deeply emotional and physical performances to match the layered psychological drama of Bergman's texts.
After the Rehearsal centers on director Hendrik Vogler, a man who organizes his life within the confines of the theater. His work is his life: Rehearsals are like notes in his diary, and performances are his autobiography. All emotions are submitted to his control. Yet as the women in his life begin to intrude, he learns that life and reality cannot be kept at bay.
In Persona, an actor has not spoken since going mute during a performance of Electra. The starstruck nurse who cares for her idolizes the actor at first but then develops a deep resentment toward her charge. As tensions build between the two, manipulation and emotional attacks move back and forth, and their two personalities seem to slowly meld together.