Norwegian actress Bente Borsum to perform 'Min Mor' Sept. 16

Sept. 3, 2010

Bente Borsum, a talented and world-renowned actress performing with the Norwegian National Theatre, will perform her one-woman play titled "Min Mor" (My Mother), Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in Jewel Theatre in the Center for the Arts.

"Min Mor," depicting Borsum's family's experience during the Nazi occupation of Norway, is based on Bente Borsum's interviews with her mother, Lise Borsum, as well as Lise's books, articles and letters.

The play takes the audience through the life of a mother and good wife, married to a doctor in Oslo's westside who stumbled into the Resistance when World War II broke out.

Since its opening night in Oslo, Norway, in 2006, "Min Mor" has been included twice in the repertoire of the National Theatre in Oslo, and Borsum has toured Norway twice with the production in cooperation with Riksteatret.

In 2007, the play was awarded the certificate of honor during the European Women's Theatre Festival, and in 2009, it received the prize of honor at the Suwalki Monologue Festival in Poland.

Borsum has received numerous awards and recognitions for her major roles on stage, screen and television, including the Film Critic's Prize in Norway in 1975 and the Living Legacy Award in 1995.

Born just before World War II, Borsum decided on an acting career while in boarding school.  She was accepted for the Norwegian National Drama School and after finishing three years of school earned a permanent job with the Norwegian National Theatre.

Borsum has had a permanent position with the Norwegian Theatre for 25 years and has also performed for many years at Oslo's Nye Theatre, including the leading part in "The House of Bernarda Alba," by Garcia Lorca.

During her career, she served as the head of the National Academy of Dramatic Art in Oslo from 1989-92.

For more information about "Min Mor," visit www.minmor.no.