Beloved tells the story of Katarina, a young woman who climbs the social ladder but loses her soul in the process. Caught between social classes but desperate to be part of the art world, Front of House assistant Katarina turns to the much older and much more established conductor and proclaimed genius Adam, to literally let herself be penetrated, and thus become one with, culture. For Adam, however, she is just one in a long row of young, beautiful, and available women. The play carries Katarina from a coherent, girlish storyteller to a woman on the verge of collapse.
‘Langseth portrays a balancing act: the rise and the fall concurrently. A strong piece of writing on freedom and restrictions, and about the arts as a trap as well as a place for transformation. Langseth shows us all the complexities of a woman who fails to create a new identity for herself that can encompass all that she is.’ Lars Ring, Svenska Dagbladet
‘That a handsome conductor manages to pull the girl in reception does not surprise me, and neither does it Langseth, but what is truly impressive is that Lisa Langseth uses that as a jumping-off point point for a much larger story, about all manner of prejudices, all kinds of oppression, and about an intense but ultimately homeless yearning for beauty and love.’ Anneli Dufva, Sveriges Radio
‘But above all, Beloved is a psychological study of a young woman’s struggle with her own background and social class, and her strong thirst for something that will make life worth living.’ Boktugg
‘Katarina delivers an extraordinary monologue describing her social, cultural, intellectual and sexual growth while in thrall to Adam – and the price she pays for it. Or as the playwright herself describes what she has written: “The self-destructive person is interesting and terrible. Beloved is about a person who searches for her own destruction.” […] It is a performance not to be missed. Alan Miller, A Seat on the Aisle
The play premiered at Royal Dramatic Theatre Stockholm in 2004 with Noomi Rapace.
Lisa later developed the monologue into a feature film entitled Pure, which starred Alicia Vikander.