"What Now, Niskavuori?" Finlandia Fall Play Is November
HANCOCK, MI - Four performances of the Finlandia University
fall play, "What Now, Niskavuori," will take place November 1 to 4, 2012, at
the Finnish American Heritage Center, Hancock.
The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening performances,
November 1, 2, and 3, begin at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday, November 4, matinee begins
at 2:30 p.m.
"What Now, Niskavuori," by Estonian-born Finnish playwright
Hella Wuolijoki (1886 to 1954), is one of a series of popular plays she wrote between
1936 and 1953 about the people who live and work at a large manorial farm,
Niskavuori, in the western Finland province of Häme.
In the play, Loviisa (Pam Puotto), Niskavuori's wily,
iron-willed matriarch, learns that forty percent of her estate will be taken
away by the Finnish government and given to Karelian refugees and Finnish war
veterans. In order for her family to retain ownership of the remaining lands, it
must remain a working farm.
Loviisa struggles to keep the estate intact in spite of
family discord and the great national and international events shaking Finland
during the 1930s and 1940s.
The play's five scenes cover the period 1938 to 1944, during
and at the end of Finland's Continuation War, which ultimately resulted in
Karelia again becoming a territory of the Soviet Union.
"What Now, Niskavuori?" is directed by Melvin Kangas. It was
translated from the Finnish language and adapted for the American stage by
Kangas and Hannu Leppanen. Players include community members and Finlandia
faculty, staff, and students.
Tickets are $5.00 per person and may be purchased at the
door prior to each performance. Finlandia students with a valid university I.D.
may attend free.
The Finnish American Heritage Center is located at 435
Quincy Street in downtown Hancock, Mich. For additional information, please
contact Lynne Sweeney at 906-487-7204.
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