See article in its original context here by Theatre Alive.
Once upon a time in Romania, Aaron Orzech and his girlfriend met a strange and powerful man named Victor Bergman. The next day, he married them in the village of Voroneț. By the third day, he was gone, but for days and weeks and months afterwards he haunted Aaron’s life.
From that encounter comes The Collected works of Victor Bergman. We caught up with Aaron, in the lead-up to the premiere season at fortyfivedownstairs…
Tell us a bit about The Collected works of Victor Bergman. How did the piece come about?
The Collected Works of Victor Bergman has its genesis in an encounter I had in 2009 while backpacking in Romania. My girlfriend and I met an older man, named Victor Bergman, with whom I became very close.
Within three days of our first meeting, he had convinced us to get married, presided over our wedding, and deserted us. This real-life story was the catalyst for our show.
As we worked on the show, co-director Romanie Harper and I began to find all sorts of strange parallels between my relationships with Victor Bergman, and Brian Lipson (my fellow performer in the show). These centered around notions of ritual, masculine mentorship, storytelling, and the passing on of wisdom from an older man to a younger one.
The work we have created is a cumulative fantasy. It’s drawn from the dreams, nightmares and real-life stories which the encounter with Victor Begrman has provoked in every member of The Family.