Finnish by Martin Heckmanns
A young man sends himself a package in the mail. He waits for the arrival of the post-woman he's admired from a distance, hoping that she’ll free him from his isolation. He rehearses and rejects the words and moments he's planning for their first meeting, and plays through all the possible scenarios of his erotically-shy fiction. Elated, he attempts to draft an original Theory of Beginnings‚ in the short time before the encounter. His desire is to bring his inner world in contact with the outer world‚ and allow his wishes to become reality. He uses wit and intelligence to overcome his fear and loneliness.
Finnish is a smart, simple play about the difficulty in verbalizing what one wants to say in order to truly connect with another human being. The young man wrestles with the demons of expectation and his inability to cope with direct communication. Underneath the surface of humor, lies a deep seriousness in his search for love. Martin Heckmanns has crafted a captivating Monodrama filled with joyful contemplation and profound meditation. It can justly be called Theatervergnügen (Theatre of Pleasure).