Svenska Teatern


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


Joanna Haartti

Patrick Henriksen

Simon Häger

Hellen Willberg