A new adaptation of the novel by Umberto Eco
Produced for the stage for the first time in Estonian, this adaptation of The Name of the Rose, the 1980 novel by the late great writer and semiotician, and University of Tartu honorary doctor, Umberto Eco (1980), combines elements of a thriller, insight into the medieval world and culture, and a semiotic crossword puzzle.
In 1327, a Franciscan monk accompanied by a young novitiate arrive at a Benedictine monastery in the Italian Alps, where they find themselves solving the mysterious death of a monk. A chain of crimes unfolds, with the clues leading to the monastery library.
The production is set in the ruins of the Tartu Cathedral, whose first walls were laid in the 13th century and which was home to the university library from 1806 to 1981.
In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries picked “post-truth” as the word of the year. It means we live in a world where the truth has lost its significance, becoming something old, dusty and insignificant. I’ve always thought that passion for the truth is one of the main moving forces. If truth is now something that is passé, do we have to find a new driving mechanism? Or a new truth?
This production explores seeking. And finding. And the fact that by looking for one thing, you can find something completely different.
Tanel Jonas, director
Premiere 13 July 2017 in the ruins of the Tartu Cathedral