Pálína Jónsdóttir ‘17 Directs Darkside by Tom Stoppard Featuring Pink Floyd’s music

October 11, 2017

Alumna Pálína Jónsdóttir ‘17 is directing the upcoming production of Darkside by Tom Stoppard, which incorporates the album The Darkside of the Moon by Pink Floyd. The show opens on October 12 at the Burning Coal Theatre Company in North Carolina.


“A young woman and a young man go on a journey of discovery. In this whimsical tale by the master of witty wordplay, Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead) joins up with the chief purveyors of Mood Rock, the legendary Pink Floyd, whose album Darkside of the Moon stayed on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart an astonishing 14 years, to create a fast and funny ride that will leave you guessing, laughing and listening in equal measures” according to the Burning Coal’s website.

This “masterfully crafted” play by Stoppard, displays mental, existential, environmental and socio-political themes. Originally composed for BBC Radio 2, it is now being adapted for the theatre stage by Pálína.


Pálína Jónsdóttir is a theatre and opera director born in Iceland. Her alchemic direction of audio-visual and physical theatre work draws from her expansive background in theatre, dance and opera. While studying at Columbia, Pálína was mentored by Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick. She holds a PGDip in Contemporary Dancing from the Conservatoire National Superior of Music and Dance in Lyon, France and she studied literature and philosophy at the University of Iceland. Pálína graduated from the Acting Program at The Icelandic Academy of the Arts and studied opera singing in The Reykjavík Academy of Singing and Vocal Arts and she holds a Diploma in Arts Education in Drama from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts. She is an associate member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and the Icelandic Association of Stage, Film and TV Directors.