Icelandic Financial Report Takes Center Stage
ROBERT SIEGEL, Host:
Unidentified Woman: (Speaking foreign language).
SIEGEL: The Reykjavik City Theatre is staging the reading of that report, and Magnus Geir Thordarson, the troupe's artistic director, joins me now from Reykjavik. Welcome to the program.
MAGNUS GEIR THORDARSON: Thank you.
SIEGEL: I've watching some of the reading. I don't know Icelandic at all, but I find it very fascinating. Why are you doing this? Why are you staging this?
GEIR THORDARSON: And therefore, we decided to put it on stage, just when it had been released, and read it all to the end, day and night. And in that way give the public a better possibility of realizing what was in the report and make up their mind about what has happened.
SIEGEL: I've watched some of it online. Are people in Iceland - is it on in pubs, or do you know that people are actually watching it at home?
GEIR THORDARSON: Yeah, we have got great response to the reading, and we started at 11 in the morning yesterday, and we have had almost full house since then and also throughout the night. And in addition to that, the Web site has been very busy. So we know that people are watching around the country.
SIEGEL: I'm just curious. The Icelandic crisis, the banking crisis, has had such a devastating effect on your country. For the theater company, what impact has it had on your work there in Reykjavik?
GEIR THORDARSON: Well, obviously it's had great impact on the whole nation and living in Iceland in general. Lucky, at the city theater, we have - it has been going very well, and the number of audience has increased, actually, in the last two years. So I think the Icelandic nation is more looking inwards rather than at material things as before. So people seek for fulfillment for the soul and heart, rather than outward-looking things.
SIEGEL: Well, Mr. Thordarson, thank you very much for talking with us, and will there be many numerical tables that people will have to recite as part of this reading before it's all done?
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GEIR THORDARSON: I'm not sure. It's all kinds of text that they are reading, and some tables, as well.
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SIEGEL: Okay. This must be very challenging for the actors. Thank you. That's Magnus Thordarson, who is the artistic director of the Reykjavik City Theatre, which is doing a reading of the report into the Icelandic financial crisis.
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