Detta manus är Julian Garners översättning av Joakim Groths pjäs En teaterkritikers död från 2009.
1. WHAT IS HIDDEN IN THE SNOW
(The Director’s home. The DIRECTOR, a POLICE INSPECTOR.)
INSPECTOR: The case concerns a certain Mattias Breck.
DIRECTOR: I know he’s dead, it was in the press. He died of a brain hemorrhage.
DIRECTOR: So, what do you want with me? I don’t understand.
INSPECTOR: Didn’t Nikander explain?
DIRECTOR: The tall one? Yes, I’ve already told him the little I know.
INSPECTOR: That was Majava, I think.
DIRECTOR: I didn’t commit their names to memory.
INSPECTOR: Nikander is shorter, well under five-nine.
DIRECTOR: Possibly. I didn’t measure them, either.
DIRECTOR: I’ve said, the little I know could have been discussed on the phone. I’m not sure how you imagined I could be of any help to you.
INSPECTOR: We could have phoned, of course, but in this case I wished to meet you personally.
DIRECTOR: Why? I didn’t know Breck.
INSPECTOR: What do you mean by that?
DIRECTOR: What I say, I didn’t know him, not personally.
INSPECTOR: No, but through your work?
DIRECTOR: Of course I knew who he was. He was a theatre critic, he reviewed my productions, for God’s sake. It doesn’t mean that I knew him.
INSPECTOR: But you have met?
DIRECTOR: In passing, at a press-conference, I don’t think I spoke to him, face to face.
DIRECTOR: He was a critic, I was a director, or rather am a director.
INSPECTOR: Fire and water, eh?
DIRECTOR: We didn’t mingle, we see theatre from different sides. It’s as if you would associate with criminals.
What do you really want from me?
INSPECTOR: As I say, I hope you’ll be able to assist us with our enquiries. For certain technical reasons, which I’m not at liberty to divulge, we’re conducting a closer examination of the circumstances surrounding Mr. Breck’s death. We’re currently compiling a list of people in theatre community who have come under his professional scrutiny, so to speak.
DIRECTOR: Who he’s given bad reviews, you mean? You’ll have to interrogate half the city.
INSPECTOR: We will. But not many have been castigated quite as thoroughly as you have, recently.
DIRECTOR: And? What difference does that make? Mr. Breck died of a brain hemorrhage.
INSPECTOR: If you say so, sir. I don’t.
DIRECTOR: What do you mean?
INSPECTOR: The tabloids are full of speculation.
DIRECTOR: Is their reason to doubt it?
INSPECTOR: It’s true that Mr. Breck died of a brain hemorrhage. But prior to his death, he was strangled.
INSPECTOR: Yes, sir, strangled.
DIRECTOR: Good God. Really?
DIRECTOR KARLO MENNING
THEATRE CRITIC MATTIAS BRECK
“LIFER” SALVADOR BERG
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