NORGE – a fascinating journey about life, art and identity

September 1919.  14-year-old Herbjørg Hansen leaves her native Norway to immigrate to the United States.  With only her passport in hand, she forsakes a life of which she will never speak again.  A new world, a new beginning.  •  September 2008.  Her grandson, Kevin, now makes his home in Quebec City, having immigrated from the United States to Canada twelve years earlier. One day, he receives an envelope in the mail containing the original travel documents of his grandmother.  With her passport in hand, Kevin leaves for Oslo, hoping to lift the veil on the mysterious story that has fascinated him ever since he can remember.

NORGE is the name of a country, Norway, the homeland of Herbjørg Hansen, grandmother of the author.  It is also the name of an asteroid, a city in Oklahoma and the first dirigible to fly over the North Pole, but really, that’s another story.  Punctuated by the works of celebrated Norwegian artists Edvard Grieg, Henrik Ibsen and Edvard Munch, NORGE is a highly personal piece by writer-director-actor Kevin McCoy that touches on themes of wandering, ghosts, light and darkness, the search for our roots and finding our place in the world.

On stage, pianist Esther Charron accompanies the actor, interpreting selections from Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Pieces for solo piano.

In March 2015, NORGE received its world premiere and ran for 21 performances at the Grand Théâtre de Québec. Presented by the Théâtre du Trident, the play was a “coup de coeur” of the 2014/15 season, and Kevin McCoy was awarded the Trident’s Prix des abonnés (audience’s choice prize) for his exceptional performance.

Written and directed by Kevin McCoy  Cast Kevin McCoy and Esther Charron (pianist)
Creative Team Yasmina Giguère (scenic, costume and properties design), Laurent Routhier (lighting), Lionel Arnould (projections), François Leclerc (sound), Arielle Warnke St-Pierre (movement), Esther Charron (musical direction), Jenny Montgomery (assistant director) and Nicolas Léger (artistic collaboration)

Coproduction Théâtre Humain and Théâtre du Trident

Performance length 1 hour, 30 minutes without intermission