Set in a furniture painter’s elbow, a new surreal rock musical by Icelandic writer Ivar Pall Jonsson explores love and the global financial system.
Sometimes the best way to get to the heart of a story is through the elbow, says Ivar Pall Jonsson, the Icelandic creator of the new elaborately-titled rock musical Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter.
The musical, which debuts on Aug 13 at the Minetta Lane Theatre in New York, is about the consequences of the global financial crisis of 2008, triggering the collapse of Iceland’s banking system and resulting in the criminal convictions of some of its leaders.
“Despite the serious nature of the subject, the piece is meant to entertain – first and foremost,” says Jonsson, a former journalist from Reykjavik who decided to set the cautionary tale in a surreal setting because it allowed him to simplify and focus on the heart of the story.
Jonsson speaks about where his idea for the musical about love and deception in Elbowville originated, and why he set the musical in an elbow.