Someone is Going to Come

by Jon Fosse | English Canadian premiere


translated from the Norwegian by
Harry Lane & Adam Seelig

“one of the most provocative pens in contemporary theatre” - Globe & Mail

March 13-29, 2009 in Toronto


Featuring Michael Blake, Dwight McFee, Stacie Steadman
Directed by Adam Seelig
Sets & Costumes Jackie Chau (Dora nominee)
Lighting Kate McKay
Stage Management Wendy Lee
Music Ludwig van Beethoven

Someone is Going to Come involves a man and a woman who move to an old, run-down house in the middle of nowhere in order to be alone together. From the beginning, however, they grow anxious that “someone is going to come”. And sure enough, someone does come, someone whose presence unleashes hidden jealousies that threaten to shatter the couple’s relationship. This all unfolds through Fosse’s distinctively austere lyricism.

Jon Fosse (b.1959, Norway)(b.1959, Norway) is “one of the most provocative pens in contemporary theatre” (Globe & Mail). He has been “compared to Ibsen and to Beckett, and it is easy to see his work as Ibsen stripped down to its emotional essentials. But it is much more. For one thing, it has a fierce poetic simplicity” (New York Times). An even better comparison would be to Harold Pinter and Thomas Bernhard (whose masterpiece, Ritter, Dene, Voss, received its English-language premiere by One Little Goat in 2006). Like Pinter, Fosse is a virtuoso of awkward humour and pregnant pauses; and like Bernhard, he writes down-to-earth dialogue without punctuation, using only line-breaks. Fosse has also offered his own comment on major influences in his work, mentioning a surprising pair: “[Philosopher] Jacques Derrida has meant a great deal to me, but so too has a country artist like Willie Nelson. Both of them have deep insights.” Fosse has written poems, essays, novels, and over thirty plays translated into over forty languages.