The Art of Falling
Sara Stridsbergs 2015 play takes us to the Atlantic coast and a totally run down mansion in the exclusive area of East Hampton, North of New York.
Mother and daughter, Big- and Little Edith Bouvier Beale live here: two women who once belonged to the American aristocracy but now live like impoverished bag ladies in a bizarre, Beckett-like folie à deux. Surrounded by tinned food, piles of rubbish, cats and other stray animals, these two eccentrics live, cut off from reality, in a bubble of their own.
Stridsberg's The Art of Falling is a wonderfully absurd tragicomedy, based on the true life story of Jackie Kennedy's cousin and aunt, as shown in the cult documentary "Grey Gardens" (1975).
The Art of Falling is presented by exclusive arrangement with COLOMBINE TEATERFORLÄG, Sweden.
This production is made possible due to generous support from: Den A.P. Møllerske Støttefond, Wilhelm Hansen Fonden, Oticon Fonden, Louis-Hansens Fond, Københavns Kommune Scenekunstudvalg and Beckett Fonden.
The translation of this play from Swedish to English by Ann Henning has been sponsored by the Swedish Arts Council.