The Zoo Story

The Zoo Story (2013) was a sign language theatre production by Teater Manu. The Zoo Story was based on the one-act play by the same title by Edward Albee. The production went on tour in October and November 2014, with its tour opening in Kristiansand October 8. 

Bentein Baardson directed it. At an earlier time, he had played the role of Jerry in a televised version of the play for Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation.


(Objekt ID 45027)
Object type Production
Premiere October 8, 2013
Produced by Teater Manu
Based on The Zoo Story by Edward Albee
Audience Adults
Number of events 15
Language Sign language (Norwegian)
Interpreted to Norwegian
Keywords Sign-language Theatre, Drama, One-act Play
Running period October 8, 2013  —  Navember 16, 2013

The Zoo Story is a one-act play about two men, Peter and Jerry, who randomly meet in the park. The play explores themes such as isolation, loneliness, misunderstandings, social differences, failure of communication and blind violence.


Einar Dahl's private archive, donated by Einar Dahl, 10.12.2014

Teater Manu,

Contributors (10)
Name Role
Edward Albee – Playwright
Bentein Baardson – Direction
Bodil Kvamme – Dramaturge
Per Olav Austdahl – Stage design
Evelina Dembacke – Lighting design
Ronny Patrick Jacobsen – Actor (Jerry)
Casper D. Lund – Actor (Peter)
Morten Røhrt – Actor (Stemmeskuespiller)
Kjartan Bjelland – Photo
Sølvi Zuckermann – Consultant (Tegnspråkkonsulent)
Performance dates
October 8, 2013Teater- og Operasalen, Kilden Opening night