Theater director Þorleifur Örn Arnarsson was named Director of the Year in Germany’s annual Der Faust awards, RÚV reports. Þorleifur was thus honored for the play Die Edda, which he co-wrote with novelist and playwright Mikael Torfason.
Die Edda premiered at the city theater in Hannover in March and was very positively received. Upon his nomination, Þorleifur said that it was a great honor to be nominated for an award with such a long and distinguished history and thereby be included among many of the most remarkable artists of the 20th century. He was also particularly pleased to be nominated for a work that has such strong ties to Iceland.
Þorleifur has directed numerous plays in both Germany and Switzerland, where he has met with considerable success. Appropriately enough, his next project with Mikael Torfason is indeed an adaptation of Goethe’s Faust, which will debut at the Norwegian National Theater next year.
You can watch a preview of Die Edda (in German) here.