Autumn Sonata

Robert Woodruff had waited a long time to direct a Bergman play.

Rebecca Henderson. Photo: Joan Marcus.
Autumn Sonata

Robert Woodruff had waited a long time to direct a Bergman play.

Yale Repertory Theatre
New Haven, Connecticut
'You know, I had Liv on my answering machine: Well, OK, I can go to heaven now.'
Robert Woodruff on an earlier attempt to, through Ullmann, convince Bergman to let him stage Persona.

About the production

We can only agree with the director (quoted in an interview with the Boston Globe):

'Look at these roles,'’ he said. 'My God. Why does everybody have to play Nora and Hedda? Why don’t they play this? There’s another thousand women who should play this role. You know, what a gift to actors.'

The critics, however, were not too impressed. The New York Times, for example, thought it was like looking at a Bergman movie through the wrong end of a telescope.

Collaborators

  • Ingmar Bergman, Text
  • Wendy Weckwerth, Translation
  • Robert Woodruff, Director
  • Michaël Attias, Original music
  • Riccardo Hernandez, Set design
  • Candice Donnelly, Costume
  • Jennifer Tipton, Light
  • Chad Raines, Sound
  • Rebecca Henderson, Eva
  • Candy Buckley, Charlotte
  • Paul Brantley, Leonardo
  • Merritt Janson, Helena
  • Olek Krupa, Viktor