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Peer & Per: The Peer Gynt Project Friday, June 26, 7.30 pm
Sat., June 27, 2 pm and 7.30 pm

Bank of NH Stage, Concord

Sunday June 28 2 pm and 7.30 pm
Derry Opera House

The Boyg is a new play by New York based actor and playwright A.J. Ditty.  In the early 1940’s Norway is occupied by the Germans and many of its notable citizens are held as political prisoners.  Among those is Per Krogh one of Norway’s most influential painters. Over the course of his captivity, Per covers the walls of his cell with images of one of the important stories of his childhood, Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt.  As the men of the prison camp fight to hold on to as much of their own humanity as possible, they turn to the stories of their youth.  As a means of entertainment and survival, they reenact these stories in their cell using whatever resources they have at their disposal.  The Boyg is a celebration of man’s ability to overcome adversity and a testament to the power of the arts to bring comfort in the darkest of moments.

Support for this production is provided by the NH State Council for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Parker Nelson Foundation.

Peer & Per: The Peer Gynt Project

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Continuing its commitment to the development of new work, over the next two years, theatre KAPOW will develop an original exploration of Norway’s most performed play, Henrik Ibsen’s 1867 verse drama Peer Gynt. The reckless and egotistical Peer seeks a life full of adventure and success, so embarks on an epic journey, to find what he is looking for.

Our exploration will begin in 1941 in a small cell at the Grini Prison Camp just outside Baerum Norway where one of Norway’s most prominent painters, Per Krohg, along with many notable artists of the day, was captured by the Nazis during the German occupation of Norway. His means of expression and survival was to sketch, draw, and paint to cover the walls of his cell with images from his favorite folktale. Krohg’s images of Peer Gynt were published in a 1955 edition of Ibsen’s play.  tKAPOW’s Peer/Per: The Peer Gynt Project will look at the already woven stories of Per Krohg and Peer Gynt to explore their longing for freedom and undeniable air of resistance.