Akvavit Theatre is to launch its 10th anniversary season with the return of its Nordic Spirit Festival, featuring five staged readings of plays from each of the Nordic countries, presented in partnership with the Swedish American Museum. The Festival will take place February 27 – March 1, 2020 at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood. All readings are FREE. Reservations can be made by e-mailing email@example.com.
The Nordic Spirit Festival line-up includes:
Thursday, February 27 at 7 pm
Thirteen Sunken Years (Finland)
By Paula Salminen, directed by Breahan Pautsch*
Friday, February 28 at 7 pm
Helgi Comes Apart (Iceland)
By Tyrfingur Tyrfingsson, directed by Tyler Skafgaard*
Saturday, February 29 at 1 pm
Apathy for Beginners (Sweden)
By Jonas Khemiri, directed by Aliza Feder
Sunday, March 1 at 1 pm
Sky without Birds (Denmark)
By Julie Maj Jakobsen, directed by Jena Sugai
Sunday, March 1 at 3 pm
The Tenant (Norway)
By M H Hallum, directed by Lanise Antoine Shelley
*Denotes Akvavit Theatre company members.
Akvavit is also proud to announce the addition of new company and associate company members. Tyler Skafgaard joins Akvavit as a company member and will take on the role of Literary Manager. Akvavit is also pleased to welcome new associate members: Victor Bayona, Aliza Feder, Kelsey Jaffer, Michael Joseph, Harrison Ornelas, Samuel Pate, Lee Peters and Hannah Harper Smith.
About Akvavit Theatre
Since its beginning, Akvavit has been busy commissioning translations of contemporary Nordic works, staging readings of Nordic plays, and launching fully-staged productions. Akvavit is the only company in the U.S. devoted to annually producing U.S. premieres of contemporary Nordic work. Akvavit Theatre is haunted by Nordic visions: deep forests and ice-blue seas, the patience of the glacier, the sudden fury of the volcano, the arctic light and silence. Seeking the universal through the voices of contemporary Nordic playwrights, Akvavit Theatre is a kind of homecoming, a connecting back to the lands whose people and cultures have for generations been a part of the great prairies of North America that we call home. And like our namesake beverage, Akvavit brings a “strong spirit” to the work that we produce. Skål, Skál, Kippis! For additional information, visit www.chicagonordic.org.
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