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Monday, 11 January 2016 07:00

What a difference a stage makes!

lars ingridIngrid with Lars Schmidt, husband for 20 yearsWhat a difference a stage makes! It’s not where I expected it to be. Curious. It’s moved and everything is suddenly so much better. The director, Anna (bless!), gives orders about ”stage left” and ”stage right” and here I am eagerly watching and learning. I am fascinated. It all becomes curiouser and curiouser, as Alice would have put it.

I’ve lived with Ingrid for a long time now and I think I know her. But do I really? Then I start thinking again about the impossible, unimaginable sacrifice. Pia, her own daughter left behind. Was it all worth it? That’s the question. Pia now lives in New York. A sudden and daring thought. Shall I invite her to the show? What would she think of my portrait of her mother?

Suddenly the characters come alive. I’ve seen them before - in my head - but now they are here. In front of my very eyes. Hitchcock, Rossellini, Robert Capa and the others. Thank you so very much Christian and Daniel! You’re doing a great job. And Riikka! You are my Ingrid! Not the movie star but the woman looking back, asking all the important questions. Thank you all! What a difference a cast makes!

The next rehearsal is on Saturday. I can hardly wait.

Friday, 20 November 2015 07:00

Ingrid is finally here!

Ingrid & PetterIngrid with first husband Petter LindströmIngrid is finally here! What a thrill for me as author and director. Can hardly wait until 30 January when I will see her on stage surrounded by all her men and admirors: Petter, Capa, Hitchcock, Rossellini and Lars Schmidt.

Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) from Sweden was one of the world's most famous and loved film stars ever. She also went from saint to whore and eventually - but it took a long time - back to saint again. She left Hollywood - and her little daughter Pia - to go to Italy and work with Roberto Rossellini. She fell in love and stayed. Scandal! Moral outcry!

I fell in love with the story - and Ingrid - more than ten years ago. She originally started as an idea for a musical. I met a composer but - alas! - it came to nothing. Then I left her be for 10 years, moved to Finland, reread her autobiography, wrote a play in Swedish for a competition. Didn't win. Very strange! Now she is here. In English!

We've already had one reading (thanks all!) and I've had a very good (including the wine) meeting with my co-director Anna. And now? Back to the script. There's work to be done! Here's looking at you, kid!