I WOULD PREFER NOT TO
Directed by Milja Sarkola, dramaturgy by Christoffer Mellgren
Sat 11.8 19:00 & Sun 12.8 15:30 | Pakkahuone (1h 20min)
One day, a meticulous Wall Street clerk stops working, completely. It’s not a straight-up refusal but a soft one. It’s just that Bartleby would prefer not to do what a clerk is supposed to do. No more proofreading of documents. No more copying. And Bartleby is driving the employer crazy by not giving any explanations for these actions, or inactions.
Marked by irony and subtle identity politics, I Would Prefer Not To is a story about passive resistance, social responsibility and adjustment. Acclaimed playwright-director Milja Sarkola’s adaptation of Herman Melville’s short story Bartleby, the Scrivener has been a critical and commercial success for the Svenska Teatern company.
Who is Bartleby? A renegade? A loose cannon? Is Bartleby depressed? Who is the person who refuses to tell who that person is?
Performed in Swedish and Finnish, subtitles in English and Finnish
Get to know the director
You can meet with the director Milja Sarkola at a discussion event on Fri 10th Aug 11:30-14:00. More details on the event here.
Based on the short story Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville
Directed by Milja Sarkola
Dramaturg Christoffer Mellgren
Set and costume design Kaisa Rasila
Make-up and hair design Sari Eskola
Sound design Andreas Lönnquist
Light design Tom Laurmaa