The Saga of the Völsungs
Sat, April 4, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
iDiOM Theater brings new three-play adaptation of Norse epic THE SAGA OF THE VÖLSUNGS to the stage at Sylvia Center for the Arts
- Based on the Norse Völsunga Saga, the set of legendary tales which inspired Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings
- Featuring gods, Vikings, werewolves, a cursed ring, and a divine sword that can only be drawn by a worthy hero
- Adapted by Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao into a set of three plays, performed in rep for four weekends, and including three marathon performances of the entire trilogy, with dinner and dessert served between shows!
The inspiration behind Wagner’s Ring Cycle and Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings, aspects of the ancient Norse legends known as the Saga of the Völsungs will feel familiar to most audiences.
Odin, dragons, a cursed ring, werewolves, a divine sword that only a worthy warrior can pull from where it has been thrust… all inhabit this legendary tale of a line of Viking kings through the generations.
Audiences can expect humor, heartbreak, music, and small feats of theatrical magic.
The Saga of the Völsungs is iDiOM Theaters’ second epic three-show Main Stage Production of the 2019–20 Season, after The Norman Conquests in November.
Audiences can see each play in the trilogy individually, or see all three together in one of three epic, four-and-a-half hour saga performances, with dinner and desert served in the two intermissions.
The cast of twenty-four actors is the biggest yet for a show at Sylvia Center. With each actor playing multiple roles, singing, fighting, and railing against the fates, it is the biggest show of the 2019–20 season.
Sylvia Center Artistic Director Glenn Hergenhahn is no stranger to writing epically long works. His serial plays Bellopolis, Circus Fundido (co-written with Krissa Woiwod), Situation Tragedy, Be Kind As Children As Birds in the Sky: The Story of The Brothers Karamazov As Told by the Monks of St. Vincent’s Abbey, and The Acheron have all appeared as part of iDiOM Theater’s past seasons.
Volume I: The Sword in the Tree: 3/13, 3/14, 3/21
Volume II: What the Birds Said: 3/19, 3/20, 3/21
Volume III: The Ale of Forgetfulness: 3/26, 3/27, 4/2
Entire Saga Marathons: 3/28, 4/3 & 4/4
Fight Choreography by Ryan Han
Costumes by Shu Hergenhahn-Zhao
Suitable imbibements of mead provided by Honeymood Mead and Cidery
Music by Glenn Herghenhahn-Zhao, with arrangements by Robert Fredriksen
Bellingham’s SYLVIA CENTER FOR THE ARTS creates and supports locally made performing arts and provides affordable arts education in theater, dance, and music.
iDiOM Theater, “the hardest-working theater in the known world,” has been one of the most prolific producers of new theatrical work in the nation since 2002, and became the in-house production company at Sylvia Center in 2016.