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2014

SATContemporary Reading Series

Mondays @ 8 pm | Pre-reception 7:30 pm
January 27 & March 10, 2014
Free

The Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) introduces a new generation of Nordic playwrights in a series of staged readings representing Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, and Denmark, including Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

SATC is a collective of theater artists founded to provide Scandinavian perspectives through the new generation of Scandinavian playwrights and theater artists. SATC presents contemporary plays and inventive takes on the classics from the Nordic region, which includes Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. SATC is committed to strengthening the relationship between Scandinavia and the United States through collaborations and interdisciplinary artistic exchange that examine and challenge the cultural status quo.

The Tailor's Tale/Skrædderens fortælling

January 27

Written & translated by Alexander Bodin Saphir (Denmark, 2013) and directed by Kim Bodnia (Denmark). Danish-British playwright Bodin Saphir explores the notions of myth, memory, rationality, and belief: when three old friends reunite, differing views about what happened in Denmark during World War II cause old tensions to bubble to the surface.

Based on true stories and presenting new information about Denmark's “miracle rescue” of its Jewish population, these conflicting narratives form the core of The Tailor's Tale dramatization of the topical and highly-charged controversy that is emerging in Denmark 70 years later.

About the playwright
Alexander Bodin Saphir

Alexander Bodin Saphir (b. 1978) is a Danish filmmaker, writer, and currently author-in-residence at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, collaborating with the children on a science/adventure book. His joint Israeli-Palestinian short film Winds of Sand (2008) was shortlisted for the Film for Peace Prize and he is currently co-directing and producing an Israeli-British documentary about a religious Israeli family dealing with HIV.

Bodin Saphir spent a year working and living in Israel before earning a B.A. in neurophilosophy from Duke University, North Carolina and studying experimental and avant garde film at University of California, Berkeley. After working for a year in the Danish film industry, he went back to study and received an M.A. in scriptwriting from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Since 2005 he has worked on short films, music videos, theater, and still photography in London.

About the director
Kim Bodnia

Kim Bodnia (b. 1965, Denmark) is an actor and filmmaker, well-known for his role as Martin Rohde on the award-winning Swedish/Danish TV series The Bridge.

Bodnia grew up in Espergærde, Denmark. In his youth, he wrote music, lyrics, and poems. From 1987-1991 Bodnia studied at the National School of Theater (Statens Teaterskole) in Copenhagen.

His film debut came in 1989 with a small role in En afgrund af frihed (1989), after some theater experience, but it wasn't until 1994 that he got his breakthrough as the macho character Jens in Ole Bornedal's Nightwatch/Nattevagten (1994), for which he won several awards. After that he starred in what many consider his best performance to date: Nicolas Winding Refn's Pusher (1996). The actor has also appeared in Henrik Ruben Genz's Terribly Happy/Frygtelig lykkelig (2008) and the two Lasse Sprang Olsen films In China They Eat Dogs/I Kina spiser de hunde (1999) and Old Men in New Cars/Gamle mænd i nye biller (2002). His latest feature film is Jon Stewart's forthcoming Rosewater (2014) - based on the memoir of acclaimed journalist Maziar Bahari.

The Tailor's Tale marks his return to theater, which cannot be more personal for him as the play is written by his cousin Alexander Bodin Saphir and the main character is based on Bodnia's great uncle.

Westend
March 10

Written by Pasi Lampela (Finland, 2005), translated by Nely Keinänen (Finland), & directed by Henning Hegland (Norway). What happens to people who have sacrificed their lives to achieve success and what price did they pay for that success? Lampela examines the illusion of sanctity and success that wealth supposedly provides, illustrating the impact that a high-tech, Anglo-American style of capitalism has had on the nature of the traditional Finnish family.

Westend is a powerful depiction of twenty-first century Finland, where people’s internal conflicts are suppressed behind a hard exterior.

About the playwright

Pasi Lampela is a Helsinki-based playwright, screenwriter, theater director, and novelist. He studied dramaturgy at the Finnish Theater Academy from 1994-98 and then began to work as a freelance playwright and director.

Lampela is one of the most talked about and productive playwrights in Finland; his plays examine the problems of modern life and its hidden pressures. In form they are intimate chamber pieces, usually focusing on a family or other small group. Lampela attempts to analyze the world and contemporary phenomena by telling stories about what is happening around us right now.

About the director

Henning Hegland has been working as an artist, performer, and director since 1997 in New York and Europe. Henning’s directorial work ranges from re-imagining classics to collaborating with playwrights on new work, from devised theater to opera. He is a founder and co-artistic director of Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC). Some of his critically notable works include The Threepenny Opera by B. Brecht; BUSSTOP by W. Inge; Ghosts – onepeopleenemy and thosewhowalkagain (from An Enemy of the People) both devised from Henrik Ibsen’s originals; and CCLIT by M.I. Swaye; the folk opera Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdink with original music by Robert Banghart at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska; a new adaptation of A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde at the Kirk Theatre at Theater Row; I Am My Own Moon by Zhu Yi at 3LD; Pinocchio’s Ashes/Pinocchios aske by Jokum Rohde at Theatre for the New City; and August Strindberg’s Miss Julie/Frøken Julie at Scandinavia House.

Hegland directs for the playwright program and the Atlantic Acting School at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He presented work at the 2013 Writopia World Play Festival at Theatre Row. This fall he will appear in understudiestheshow.com as a Norwegian Broadway director.

He holds an M.F.A. in directing from Columbia University and a M.A. in devised theater from Dartington College of Arts. Hegland is a member of the LCT Directors Lab and the Stage Director and Choreographer’s Guild.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Denmark New York, the Consulate General of Finland in New York, the Consulate General of Iceland in New York, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General of New York, the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, and Scandinavia House.

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2013

Frau Höss/Fru Höss med flera

Monday, February 25, 7 pm
Free

Written by Gunilla Hemming (Finland, 2012) and directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde (U.S.). Frau Höss explores the lives of German women who lived behind the scenes as wives of powerful Nazi officers. In this staged reading, Hemming explores what part these loyal hausfrauen played in the Third Reich and how they used their power and influence. Or were they merely powerless apolitical onlookers of gruesome historical events?

About the playwright

Gunilla HemmingFinnish playwright and dramaturg Gunilla Hemming has written more than 30 radio plays, numerous film and TV scripts, animation series, and 10 full-length plays. Her works often focus on historical female characters from Arthur Schopenhauer's sister to Anca Petrescu, the favorite architect of Romanian Communist dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu. Currently Hemming is writing a play about Wikileaks. Frau Höss will premiere in Helsinki the fall of 2013.

About the director

Sarah Cameron Sunde is a New York-based director who collaboratively creates interdisciplinary performances for the stage and beyond. She started directing while living in England in 1997 and was influenced by European traditions of expressionism.

She has directed several U.S. debut productions of plays by contemporary international master playwrights; including The Asphalt Kiss/Beijo no Asfalto by Brazil's Nelson Rodrigues, her own translations of Night Sings Its Songs/Natta syng sine songar (1997), Deathvariations/Dødsvariasjonar (2001), and Sa Ka La (2004) by Norway's major contemporary playwright Jon Fosse, who considers her "his American voice."

Sunde's world premiere directing credits include productions at 3LD Art & Technology Center (The Diary of a Teenage Girl, 2010), The Guthrie Studio (What May Fall, 2009), Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (The Amish Project, 2009), and New Georges (Good Heif, 2007) – one of NYC's premiere downtown theater companies where she has been the Deputy Artistic Director since 2001. Her work with Lydian Junction has been seen at 3LD, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and the Figment Festival on Governor's Island. Sunde is also Co-Artistic Director of Oslo Elsewhere, a published translator, and an active advocate for the art of translation. Honors include The American Scandinavian Society Artist Award, a Hermitage Foundation Residency, NYtheatre.com Person-of-the-Year, and The Princess Grace Award.

Co-presented by TINFO and Soft Power.

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Performing Arts Series

SATCSATContemporary Reading Series

Mondays @ 8 pm – Pre-reception 7:30 pm – February 4, March 18, & May 6, 2013
Free

The Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) introduces a new generation of Nordic playwrights in a series of staged readings representing Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, and Denmark, including Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

About SATC

The Returning Tilkbakekomstene - 2011SATC is a collective of theater artists founded to provide Scandinavian perspectives through the new generation of Scandinavian playwrights and theater artists. SATC presents contemporary plays and inventive takes on the classics from the Nordic region, which includes Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. SATC is committed to strengthening the relationship between Scandinavia and the United States through collaborations and interdisciplinary artistic exchange that examine and challenge the cultural status quo.

RAMBO 7

February 4

Written by Jón Atli Jónasson (Iceland, 2005) and directed by Andrew O'Kane (U.S.). During a raging blizzard, the Icelandic Ministry of Defense calls Johnny – an art student, recently returned from Holland – and informs him that his brother Julius is missing after fighting abroad. While Johnny is waiting by the phone for news, suddenly Honey – a young, beautiful girl – enters from upstairs after a one-night-stand with Johnny's father, and Julius' friend Pesi – on the run from two drug dealers – knocks on the door. This is a unique play about drugs, dreams, and escapism – and three young people in a complex world, trying to settle in.

About the playwright

Jón Atli Jónasson (b. 1972, Reykjavík) is a playwright and author. He has written and directed a multitude of plays and is one of the founders of Mindgroup, a European network of experimental theater groups. In 2001 he published the short story collection A Broken Beat/Brotinn taktur. His first novel, In the Frost/Í frostinu, came out in 2005. In 2003 Jónasson was a part of Royal Court Theater's International Residency. He received Gríman, The Icelandic Theater Award, for the play Surf/Brim in 2004, and has gained attention for his other plays, which have been widely staged abroad. He wrote the screenplay for The Deep/Djupið (directed by Baltasar; Kormákur, Iceland, 2012) – Iceland's 2013 Oscar contender for the Best Foreign Film Nomination.

Queen C/Kuningatar K

March 18

Written by Laura Ruohonen (Finland, 2003) and directed by Joan Kane (U.S.A). "When I was born, ten cannon shots were fired. This means: a son is born." Queen Christina, who ruled the Swedish-Finnish Empire in the 17th century, was a fascinating figure. This educated and cultured ruler, who was raised like a man, was a patron of the arts, and studied philosophy. But then she converted to Catholicism, abdicated the throne, and lived the rest of her life in Rome, where she died in 1689.

The play is not, however, a realistic portrayal of the historical Christina. Rather, it is built on many layers, through the use of powerful metaphors, depicting a person who aspires to be independent, to choose her own religious beliefs, country, and entire identity. Queen C is a poetic, magical, and quirky story, whose main character is as captivating today as she was for her contemporaries.

About the playwright

Laura Ruohonen (b. 1960, Helsinki, Finland) is a playwright and theater director. She graduated from the Finnish Theatre Academy in 1988. Whether depicting a 17th-century court or a modern apartment block, Ruohonen creates her own special world in her plays. Her texts are both poetic and down-to-earth, combining humor and tragedy into an organic whole. In her plays, people are inextricably bound to their environment, and an individual's inner and outer lives reflect one another, sometimes getting blended in the process. Ruohonen writes on many levels, and her works can be interpreted in many different ways. At the heart of her works lies a strong ethical core.

Ruohonen's plays include Fish or Fowl/Lintu vai kala, premiering in 1992 at the Finnish National Theater; Olga, the Finnish National Theater, 1995; Queen C/Kuningatar K, the Finnish National Theater, 2003; An Island Far from Here/Saari kaukana täältä, 2004; and Yksinen, Theater Jurkka, 2006. In addition to her work for the stage, Ruohonen has written award-winning screenplays, including Bittersweet (1995), and has written and directed more than twenty radio plays. Of these, Beersaviour (1989), Big Ape (1991), and Queen C (1999) have won national and international awards and been translated into several languages.

Then Silence/Så stillhet

May 6

Written by Arne Lygre (Norway, 2008) and directed by Sebastian Nyman Agdur (Sweden). This thought-provoking drama exposes the downfalls of the human race through ten scenes. We see behind the terrible lies in a break-up; the torture in an interrogation; and a battle of life and death, man versus man, while the ocean is rising....

About the playwright

Arne Lygre (b. 1968, Bergen, Norway) is a novelist and playwright. He made his debut in 1998 with the play Mother and Me and Men/Mamma og meg og menn. Since then he has written six other plays, which have been staged and published in countries around the world. Man without Purpose/Mann uten hensikt (2005) was directed by Claude Régy at Odeon Théâtre in Paris in 2007-08. His play I Disappear/Jeg forsvinner had its world premiere at La Colline Théâtre National in November 2011, directed by Stéphane Braunschweig.

In 2004 Lygre wrote In Time/Tid inne, his first collection of short stories, which received the Brage Prize, the prestigious Norwegian literary award. He has also written two novels, A Last Face/Et siste ansikt (2006) and My Dead Man/Min døde mann (2009), which were both highly regarded by critics. In 2010 he was awarded the Mads Wiels Nygaards' Legacy Literary Award.

We are a Hundred/Vi som är hundra

September 30

Written by Jonas Hassen Khemiri (Sweden, 2009) and directed by Anna Zastrow (Sweden/U.S.). A near-death experience! In Jonas Hassen Khemiri's third play We are a Hundred there are a trio of women: a young revolutionary, a middle-aged woman living strictly within her comfort zone, and an old truth seeker. Three women who, in their fight to define themselves, realize that they are the same person. Join Khemiri's unpredictable world where everyone fights to define the meaning of the word “we.”

About the playwright

Jonas Hassen KhemiriJonas Hassen Khemiri (b. 1978, Sweden) is the author of three novels and six plays. In 2004 his first novel, One Eye Red/Ett öga rött (2003), received the Borås Tidning Award for Best Literary Debut. His second novel, Montecore: The Silence of the Tiger/Montecore: En unik tiger (Knopf, 2011), won several literary awards including the Swedish Radio Award for Best Novel of the Year. Khemiri’s works have been translated into more than fifteen languages and his plays have been performed by over 40 international companies. In 2011 Khemiri’s play INVASION! premiered in New York at Walkerspace and was awarded a Village Voice Obie Award for Playwriting.

About the director

Anna Zastrow (b. Wisconsin), neé Ellestad, was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Sweden, and has spent most of her adult life in NYC. Zastrow is a theater artist who has directed, taught, and performed all over the world. As a member of Bond Street Theatre, she co-directed Rohela's Bride in Afghanistan (2011) and Women Say Enough in Haiti (2012), and she has also provided directorial consulting to the circus show Ghosts in Cambodia. Zastrow also directed last year's SATC reading Twenty Minutes After Death/Død Mands Kvinde (Written by Thomas Markmann, Denmark, 2009). Other directing work in NYC includes Dream/Play (Strindberg’s A Dream Play) with her company Loka Maer (2000) and assisting the production Circle with Yara Arts Group. Her acting roles include Lord Capulet and the Nurse in the Jean Cocteau Repertory’s Romeo & Juliet (2004), Helena in The Boarshead Theater’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Yvette in Mother Courage at the Classical Theatre of Harlem (2004), Frau Bergman in The Prospect Theater Company’s production of Spring Awakening (2002), and her solo clown performance Breathe…Or You Can Die! Zastrow is a graduate of Ecole Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Sleep/Svevn

November 11

Written by Jon Fosse (Norway, 2005) and directed by Sara Cameron Sunde (U.S.). Sleep follows the lives of a young woman and a young man as they grow from middle-age into old age. This is a beautiful story about love, disappointment, hope, and death in which Fosse expresses how both the past and future are always a part of the present moment.

SATC’s reading of Fosse’s Sleep is also part of their festival Norway Plays: Drama Beyond Ibsen.

About the playwright

Jon FosseJon Fosse (b. 1959, Norway) is considered one of the most prominent names in contemporary drama. He is an author, poet, and playwright, with more than 30 plays to his credit. Since his debut in 1994, Fosse’s plays have been staged more than nine hundred times across the world His plays have been translated into more than 40 languages, including Albanian, Hebrew, Catalan, Farsi, Sami, Slovenian, and Tibetan. Fosse has previously received a number of prizes and awards, including The International Ibsen Award (2010), the Swedish Academy’s Nordic Prize (2007), the Arts Council Norway Honorary Prize (2003), and the Scandinavian National Theatre Award (2002).

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Denmark New York, the Consulate General of Finland in New York, the Consulate General of Iceland in New York, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General of New York, the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, and Scandinavia House.

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Swedish Performing Arts for Children and Young Audiences
with ZebraDans

Sunday, January 12, 11 am & Monday, January 13, 11 am
Free, all ages

Swedish Performing Arts for Children and Young Audiences with ZebraDans

For two days, Swedish Performing Arts for Children and Young Audiences presents some of the most interesting and inspiring performances for young audiences that Sweden has to offer – all performed in English and fun for the whole family!

Aston’s Stones

January 12
All ages (recommended ages 3+)

A story about Aston, a little dog who wants to take care of all the stones he finds. Each stone that follows him home is greeted with a warm, cozy bed, but Aston’s parents gently hope they will find a new, better place for his stones to live besides their living room!

Marmalade

January 13
All ages (recommended ages 2+)

A delicious sensory performance about meeting, mixing, and blending! Alongside Mira and Viktor, young audiences experience an exquisite visual performance of visual and tactile poetic movements and circus actions.

Presented by ZebraDans in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C. and the Consulate General of Sweden in New York with support from the Swedish Arts Council.

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2012

Contemporary Scandinavian Reading Series:
Scandinavian American Theater Company

Mondays, 7:30 pm pre-reception/8 pm reading
Free admission

Scandinavian American Theater CompanyThe Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) introduces a new generation of Nordic playwrights in a series of staged readings representing Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, and Denmark, including Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

SATC is a collective of theater artists founded to provide Scandinavian perspectives through the new generation of Scandinavian playwrights and theater artists. SATC presents contemporary plays and inventive takes on the classics from the Nordic region, which includes Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. SATC is committed to strengthening the relationship between Scandinavia and the United States through collaborations and interdisciplinary artistic exchange that examine and challenge the cultural status quo.

The Returns/Tilbakekomstene*

*Originally scheduled for November 7, 2011 this reading was rescheduled for January 30, 2012. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Written by Fredrik Brattberg (Norway, 2011). A mother and a father grieve the loss of their only son. The funeral is gripping and breathtaking. The whole town has turned up to say their final goodbyes. After the funeral the parents strive to find their way back to their old life. One day they get a very unexpected visitor... A new dark comedy from Norway that takes the audience on a hilarious and unpredictable ride.

About the playwright:
Playwright and composer Fredrik Brattberg (b. 1978, Porsgrunn, Norway) made his debut in 2008 at Oslo’s Student Stage with the play It Knocks, Amadeus/Det Banker, Amadeus. He has participated twice in The Norwegian Playwrights Festival in Oslo with Visit at the Hansen Family Half Past Six/Besøk Hos Familien Hansen Halv Syv (2009), a play about prejudice in which a Norwegian family invites a Muslim to dinner, and again in 2011 with his dark comedy The Returns/Tilbakekomstene. Brattberg’s newest play Monsemann (2011) was listed among the 20 best of 350 plays at The International Playwright Competition in Berlin and was later staged at Dramatikkens Hus in Oslo.

Twenty Minutes After Death/Død Mands Kvinde

March 26
Featuring Kendra Lou, Anthony Aguilar, Sidse Ploug, Amanda Johnson, and Jeff House.
Translator Nina Sokol will be in attendance.

Written by Thomas Markmann (Denmark, 2009), translated by Nina Sokol (Denmark), & directed by Anna Zastrow (Sweden/United States). Fed up with the trivialities of conventional relationships, Helena, an attractive and well-educated young Danish woman, decides to write to an American inmate, serving his ninth year on death row. What begins as an innocent flirtation turns into an extraordinary love story, in which Helena finds herself losing control not only of her daily life, but also of herself.

Twenty Minutes After Death is a gripping play, filled with humor, which exposes the modern dilemmas inherent to living in a subjective world where dreams and reality may suddenly merge.

Thomas Markmann About the playwright:
Thomas Markmann made his debut in 2009 with Twenty Minutes After Death at Odense Theater while attending The Playwright School in Århus, Denmark. He received the prestigious Reumert Prize for his dramatization of the Danish novel Oh, Romeo, a production that was nominated for a Reumert Prize - for juvenile plays - as well. Markmann's play The Arabic Blackbird/Den arabiska koltrasten premiered in 2010 at Dramalabbet Theater in Stockholm, Sweden. Additionally, he wrote a radio play for Radio Denmark. April 2012 will see the premiere of Dreyer: The Danish Tyrant at Dagmar Bio Cinema in Copenhagen, a piece based on the major Danish film director, the manuscript of which was written by Markmann. His play Brøl will be performed at Svalegangen in Århus in 2012 and his new adaptation of Schiller's The Robbers will also be performed in 2012 in Ålborg.

About the Translator:
Nina Sokol is a poet and translator. She attained her Master's degree in English from Copenhagen University and has translated and edited plays for The Stuart Lynch Company and Hamletscenen in Copenhagen.

Her own poems have been translated from English to Danish by the Danish writer Niels Svarre Nielsen for publication in the near future, and she was a grant poet-in-residence at The Vermont Studio Center for four weeks in 2011. Most recently she received a grant from the Danish Art's Council to translate Markmann's play Twenty Minutes After Death from Danish to English and will be attending The Continuing Education Program at the Bread Loaf School of English this coming June.

Sokol's poems have received honorable mention in The Emily Dickinson Award for Poetry and have appeared in various anthologies, most recently in the journal Ardent: A Journal of Poetry and Art.

Who’s Who/Kuka Kukin On

June 4

Written by Juha Lehtola & Kari Hotakainen (Finland, 2009) and directed by Kathleen Amshoff. "It’s very nice to hear your opinions, but put a lid on it. Let me assure you, however, that I value your opinions: I just don’t want to hear them."

Särkijärvi, an archive editor, is given the task of interviewing Severi Petäjä, the wisest man in Finland. For many years, however, Petäjä hasn’t said anything original. But then it turns out that Särkijärvi is in fact Fjodor Dostojevski, the 182 year-old writer, and now it’s his turn to answer the burning questions of the day and show Finland the way forward. Meanwhile, Jontte, a tech support guy, is trying to help Vladimir Putin, who cannot find Chechnya. Rinkinen, a managing editor, is also lost, trying to find himself in the left pocket of a sweatsuit.

This razor light and sharp-as-a-feather contemporary comedy depicts a society trying to find its place, desperately wanting some genius to reveal the truth—as long as it’s the truth they want to hear. Hotakainen and Lehtola’s penetrating observations of the present day are couched in humor so twisted that it begins to look straight when compared to the world around us.

About the playwrights:
Juha Lehtola (b. 1966) writes intelligent and thoughtful comedies about contemporary life, tinged with melancholy. In addition to plays and theatrical adaptations, Lehtola's oeuvre also includes translations and television screenplays. In 1995, Lehtola received the Finnish Critics' Award and in 1998 the Young Arts in Finland Award. Lehtola won the Venla Award for Excellence in Television, in 2003, for the film Woman in the Meadow/Nainen kedolla, and in 2007, for the TV mini-series Hunger for Love/Rakkauden nälkä.

Lehtola's first play Mind Speak/Mielen kieli (1994) examines people's goals and the ways they become dependent upon one another. Its main characters are an astronaut forgotten in space and a woman traveling around the globe. Please, Come Back Girls!/Tulkaa tytöt takaisin (1998) and Exit Laughing/Loppuun asti lystikkäät (2001) depict complex family relationships and people who cannot get unstuck from each other. Spinning Othello/Othellohyrrä (2001) sets Shakespeare's tragedy in the contemporary world of business, turning it into tragicomedy.

Kari Hotakainen (b. 1957) is one of Finland's most significant and popular novelists, whose work includes poetry, children's literature, and drama for the stage, television, and radio. He writes about deadly serious people who come into conflict with the demands of the world around them. Hotakainen is especially known for his ironic humor, as well as his rich and rhythmic language. Hotakainen's best known and most successful novel, Trench Road/Juoksuhaudantie won the Finlandia Prize in 2002 and the Nordic Council Literature Prize in 2004. This story about a man who tries to bring his family back together by buying a single-family home has thus far been translated into 13 languages. It was made into a movie in 2004 by Veikko Aaltonen. Taking its cues from science fiction, Hotakainen's novel Bronks (1993) depicts what happens when the well-to-do and marginalized members of society crash.

Hotakainen's first play, It’s Good to Go Missing/Hukassa on hyvä paikka (2000) is a children's musical, with music composed by a leading Finnish musical artist, Iiro Rantala. It tells the story of a single-parent father, his inordinately strong son, and their life in an apartment in one of Helsinki's seedier suburbs. Hotakainen's Nordic Drama Award-winning play, Border Crossing/Punahukka (2005), is a comedy about an ordinary middle-aged man who finds religion, along with mercy and forgiveness. A dramatization of Hotakainen's novel, The Human Lot/Ihmisen osa (2011), is a harsh and witty story about a button merchant's family. It describes changes in society and working life where nowadays, instead of buttons, images and intangible things are sold. The novel (Le part de l'homme) was awarded with the Prix Courrier International in France as the best translated book in 2011.

Gorilla

October 1

Written by Rhea Leman (U.S.A,/Denmark, 2009). Five top male managers meet in their company’s country lodge, to complete what they want to believe to be a harmless series of weekend workshops focusing on team building and gender related issues run by the company’s female coach.

Instead, they are confronted with their team’s poor fiscal results and even though they blame the global financial tsunami for their weak performance, they are slowly forced to see the greed and personal ambitions that have driven some of them to this devastating dead end in their career and private lives.

About the playwright:
Rhea Leman (b. 1954, New York) is a Danish-American playwright, director, and choreographer. Leman was born and raised in New York and educated at the Boston Conservatory of Music (B.F.A) and Lesley University (M.F.A, stage and screen). In Boston she founded the Directions Dance Company together with Cher Geurtze, where she had the chance to develop her own personal style – a text-based dance form, where words and body are equally combined. In 1981 she moved to Denmark, where she continued investigating physical theater through her co-founded company The Ladies, which in 1985 changed its name to Teater Tango.

Rhea Leman has directed and produced more than twenty original plays, including: Venedig, Puzzles in Night-Lights, and Endelig Alene. In 1998 she shut down Teater Tango and since then has been directing and writing for television, radio, and the theater. The Cultural Minister appointed her as Chairman for The Danish Theater, Art & Dance Council (2003-07). Gorilla was one of the two finalists in the NYC playwriting competition NEW WORKS OF MERIT PLAYWRITING CONTEST in 2010. Five of her recent plays will be produced in Denmark during the next theater season, including Hitler on the Roof, The Boots of Stalin, and Gorilla, among others.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Denmark New York, the Consulate General of Finland in New York, the Consulate General of Iceland in New York, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General of New York, the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, and Scandinavia House.

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MorphosesInsights: Dance + Film/Pontus Lidberg

Thursday, May 3, 7 pm
$15 ($10 ASF Members)

MorphosesInsights: Dance + Film/Pontus LidbergMorphosesInsights is a series of intimate events that bring together creators, dancers, collaborators, supporters, audiences, and fans for the purpose of illumination: the illumination of the creative process. The dynamic forces combining in each Morphoses production are endlessly fascinating and by creating a context in which these forces are displayed, spoken about, and demonstrated, MorphosesInsights is an inside track on each production from the very beginning of its journey. The 2012 edition of this exciting series kicks off with choreographer/filmmaker Pontus Lidberg and some of his closest collaborators discussing the process of building a new evening-length work and a viewing of the film at the center of it all: Lidberg's Labyrinth Within.

MorphosesInsights: Dance + Film/Pontus LidbergSwedish choreographer, dancer, and filmmaker Pontus Lidberg is most recognized for his award-winning dance film The Rain (2007). As a choreographer for the stage, Mr. Lidberg has been described in the Swedish press as “one of our great choreographic talents” and has created over 30 works for major international dance companies such as The Royal Danish Ballet, The Beijing Dance Theatre, The Norwegian National Ballet, 59° North: Soloists of the Royal Swedish Ballet, The Vanemuise Ballet of Estonia, Morphoses, and his own group Pontus Lidberg Dance, which recently made its New York debut with his Faune at the Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center.

In December of 2010 NorrlandsOperan of Sweden commissioned Mr. Lidberg to create a new dance work with an original score by Swedish composer B. Tommy Andersson. That work, entitled Warriors, was named best dance performance of the year in northern Sweden. Lidberg’s full-length work Duet for Dancer and Pianist, in collaboration with concert pianist Magnus Svensson, has been performed extensively on tour in Sweden, France, and Estonia.

MorphosesInsights: Dance + Film/Pontus LidbergIn just a few short years Pontus Lidberg has firmly established himself as a creative and visionary artist bringing dance and film together. His first work for the camera was commissioned by Swedish National Television: Mirror has been screened on television as well as in dance film festivals in the U.S. and abroad. His most recent dance film, Labyrinth Within, which features New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan and a score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, received the Court Métrange du Jury prize at Court-Métrange Film Festival in Rennes, France this past October.

Pontus Lidberg is the designated 2012 Resident Artistic Director for Morphoses. In that role he plans to create a new evening-length work that weaves together dance for stage and film, expanding on and taking inspiration from Labyrinth Within - once again in collaboration with David Lang. This new work will premiere during Morphoses’ debut season at Jacob’s Pillow in June 2012. Morphoses previously commissioned Lidberg: Vespertine premiered at Works & Process at the Guggenheim in October 2010.

Mr. Lidberg received his training at the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm, Sweden. Among other international dance companies, he has danced with The Royal Swedish Ballet, the Norwegian National Ballet, Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, and the Gothenburg Ballet. He received the NOKIA Award for young talent in 2001 and the Stockholm Cultural Scholarship, also in 2001.

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Co-presented by Morphoses.

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The Raven’s Kiss
An Operatic Tale of Iceland

Tuesday, May 15, 8 pm
$15 ($10 ASF Members)

See The Raven’s Kiss in CONCERTS section.

Co-sponsored by The American Scandinavian Society of New York.

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Note: This program has been cancelled; we apologize for any inconvenience.
Film Icon  MorphosesStreams: WITHIN (Labyrinth Within)

Tuesday, October 23, 1 pm
Free

Scandinavian American Theater Company Morphoses’ live performance of Swedish choreographer and filmmaker Pontus Lidberg’s WITHIN (Labyrinth Within) at Västerås Concert Hall in Sweden will be live streamed. Through film, live performance, interconnected relationships, and music by David Lang, Lidberg creates a mysterious and powerful experience with a cast including New York City Ballet members.

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The Fundamentalist/Fundamentalisti
Scandinavian American Theater Company

Thursday, September 20 & Friday, September 21, 8 pm
$15 ($12 ASF Members)

Scandinavian American Theater Company Written by Juha Jokela (Finland, 2006), translated by Eva Buchwald, and directed by Sebastian Nyman Agdur (Sweden). What is fundamentalism? Markus (Jens Rasmussen, U.S.A), a reformed minister, is approached by Heidi (Anette Norgaard, Denmark), now a religious extremist, who wants to salvage her former teacher. A spiritual battle develops through their pursuit to try to change each other. But beneath it all lurks a darker past they can't escape: a romantic and sexual encounter that has deeply affected them both. Winner of the Nordic Drama Award, The Fundamentalist is a two-character drama that offers an astute and nuanced investigation of fundamentalist believes and forces us to question our values, worldview, faith, and human responsibility.

About Juha Jokela:
Juha Jokela (b. 1970) studied directing at the Theatre Academy of Finland and began writing for television early on. Pulkkinen, a 35-episode TV-series aired 1999-2001 and won the Experts’ Choice Award Venla Award for best comedy series and the Viewers’ Choice Award. In 2003, came the shows The Renovation/Remontti and Philosophy for Sale/Firma, also winners of many awards. Jokela made his theater debut in 2003 with Mobile Horror, which garnered unprecedented critical acclaim and became one of the most successful plays in recent Finnish theater history. The play, set in a mobile phone company, was soon produced by theaters both in Finland and abroad. The Fundamentalist is Jokela’s second play. It premiered at Theatre Jurkka in 2006, under Jokela’s own direction, receiving critical and popular praise and has since been produced several times in Finland and abroad. In 2008, it was awarded the prestigious Nordic Drama Award.

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SATContemporary Reading Series: Bastards of StrindbergSATContemporary Reading Series:
Bastards of Strindberg

Monday, November 12, 7 pm
Free
Series continues in 2013

How do today’s playwrights relate to their important predecessor August Strindberg? 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Strindberg’s death. To commemorate the jubilee, Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) has commissioned a diverse group of the most exciting American and Scandinavian playwrights to write short plays in response to Strindberg’s iconic Miss Julie/Fröken Julie (1888). Join SATC for a special presentation of these brand new 15-20 minute plays and a panel discussion about Strindberg’s influence on today’s working playwrights.

About SATC

Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) introduces a new generation of Nordic playwrights in a series of staged readings representing Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, and Denmark, including Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

SATC is a collective of theater artists founded to provide Scandinavian perspectives through the new generation of Scandinavian playwrights and theater artists. SATC presents contemporary plays and inventive takes on the classics from the Nordic region, which includes Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. SATC is committed to strengthening the relationship between Scandinavia and the United States through collaborations and interdisciplinary artistic exchange that examine and challenge the cultural status quo.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Denmark New York, the Consulate General of Finland in New York, the Consulate General of Iceland in New York, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General of New York, the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, and Scandinavia House.

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Kids and Families Icon Oh, Hello Baby
Minna Krook. Dans

Saturday, November 17, 1 pm
$10 ($7 ASF Members); ages 6-18 months

See Oh, Hello Baby on KIDS & FAMILIES page.

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2011

Contemporary Scandinavian Reading Series
Scandinavian American Theater Company

Pre-reception 7:30 pm/readings 8 pm
January 31, 2011 & May 23, 2011
FREE

Scandinavian American Theater CompanyScandinavian American Theater Company (SATC), the first-ever Scandinavian-American theater company in New York, was founded in 2009 by a group of New York-based Scandinavian theater professionals with the wish to introduce a new generation of Scandinavian playwrights to an American audience. SATC’s mission is to present high-quality, cutting-edge productions of contemporary Scandinavian plays and fresh interpretations of the Scandinavian classics, as well as to foster the Scandinavian-American performing arts community in New York.

In their Contemporary Scandinavian Reading Series, SATC presents five plays annually representing Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands).

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Denmark New York, the Consulate General of Finland in New York, the Consulate General of Iceland in New York, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General of New York, the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, and Scandinavia House. Consulate logos

Pinocchio’s Ashes/Pinocchios aske*

January 31, 2011

Written by Jokum Rohde (Denmark, 2005) & directed by Henning Hegland (Norway). A prohibition on art and culture has been imposed in the city of Kongstad. Judge Wolff is to implement it, but in the decadent and paranoid universe Rohde has created, he and the other characters become human wrecks. Inspired by the American courtroom genre, the award-winning Pinocchio's Ashes is an expressionistic drama about the role of art in our times and the demonic in human nature. It is a dynamic, gripping story filled with melancholy, poetry and dark humor.

*Guest-starring Jokum Rohde

About the playwright:
Considered one of Denmark’s most celebrated contemporary playwrights, Jokum Rohde (b. 1970, Denmark) has been a resident playwright at The Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen since 2008. He got his breakthrough in 1998 with the three-character theater-noir drama Nero. A prolific writer, he followed with nine plays that were produced throughout Denmark and in 2005, he wrote Pinocchio's Ashes for which he was awarded the prestigious Reumert award in the category Playwright of the Year. Pinocchio's Ashes has subsequently been produced at Dramaten, the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm, Sweden, as well as in Norway, Lithuania and Italy.

National Test/Nasjonal prøve

May 23, 2011

Written by Maria Tryti Vennerød (Norway, 2011) & translated by Nick Norris. In a small community, students are waiting with sharpened pencils to take a national exam when they are threatened by a potential school massacre. Can it be the former student, Vidar, who plans to kill them all? No matter what, they are forced to take their exam.

Vennerød's play is about fear and especially fear of the different and unknown. A dramaturgical collage, National Test is an energetic drama with snappy lines and a complex plot. The play premiered in 2011 at Rogaland Teater.

Featuring: Vigdis Hentze Olsen (Faroe Islands), Joey Mintz (US), Kristina Korsholm (Denmark), Andrew Vallins (US), Pangia Macri (Germany), Nick Brown (US), Karl Glusman (US), Flannery Spring-Robinson (US), Alexandra Gjerpen (Norway), Line Oestergaard Jeppesen (Denmark), Kwasi Osei (Denmark), Erik A. Schjerven (Norway)

About the playwright:
Maria Tryti Vennerød’s (Norwegian, b. 1978) first play More was produced at the Norwegian Drama Festival in 2002. Since then she has written ten plays that have been performed by different theaters and ensembles in Norway and Sweden. Writing with linguistic energy and a taste for tragedies caused by human folly and with a desire to combine humor, pain and politics, Vennerød is one of the strong, new dramatic voices in Norway today.

In 2005 she received the Ibsen Award for her play The Lady at the Counter. In 2003 Vennerød was awarded with the First Prize in a Swedish/Norwegian drama competition. Recently, Vennerød has written and directed two projects, one of them being the contemporary opera Heat for young people, composed by Julian Skar. These days she is back to the sole business of writing. In 2010 her play Neverland was produced by Det Norske Teatret, directed by Jon Tombre.

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Home Sweet Home/Hjem Kære Hjem
Scandinavian American Theater Company

Friday, September 16, 8 pm
$15 ($12 ASF Members)

Home Sweet Home - Scandinavian American Theater CompanyWritten by Andreas Garfield (Denmark, 2007) & directed by Christoffer Berdal (Denmark). Kim (Brian Smolin), a former Sergeant in the Danish army, and his girlfriend Iben (Lisa Pettersson), an editor of women's magazines, are preparing a “welcome home” dinner for Carsten (Albert Bendix), Kim's lifelong friend. Carsten has recently returned from service in Iraq. During the evening, the couple is confronted with a person whose understanding of life has become radically different from theirs. A pleasant reunion becomes a fatal evening where all three characters' relationships, values, and principles are tested. Inspired by interviews with Danish soldiers, the award-winning Home Sweet Home/Hjem Kære Hjem reveals the traumatic experience of war and the unsympathetic indifference of home as refracted through a Nordic country. 85 min. No intermission.

Home Sweet Home was a sensation in 2007 when it premiered at Teater Grob in Copenhagen, a well-known venue for experimental theater and new work. Since then, Teater Grob has toured the play around Denmark. The year of its debut, playwright Andreas Garfield won the prestigious Talent Prize in the Reumert Awards, Denmark's equivalent of the Tony Awards. Home Sweet Home was also nominated in the categories of Best Play and Best Leading Actor and won in the category of Best Supporting Actor. This recognition was exceptional since the playwright was a student at the time. He graduated from the playwrighting division of Aarhus Theatre, Denmark, later that year and his plays have since been produced in theaters all over Denmark and Scandinavia.

The U.S. premiere and English-language debut for Home Sweet Home was at P.S. 122 in November 2010, produced by the Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC). The English translation is by actress Lisa Pettersson in collaboration with SATC. SATC is an emerging troupe that will be offering New York audiences daring and innovative works from Scandinavia's burgeoning theater scene.

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Contemporary Scandinavian Reading Series:
Scandinavian American Theater Company

Mondays, 7:30 pm pre-reception/8 pm reading
September 19
Additional readings for January 30, March 26, & June 4, 2012 TBA
Free admission

Scandinavian American Theater CompanyThe Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) introduces a new generation of Nordic playwrights in a series of staged readings representing Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, and Denmark, including Greenland and the Faroe Islands.

Founded in 2009 by a group of New York-based Scandinavian theater professionals, SATC, the first-ever Scandinavian-American theater company in New York, presents high-quality, cutting-edge productions of contemporary Nordic plays and fresh interpretations of Scandinavian classics, and fosters the Scandinavian-American performing arts community in New York.

Desire/Begär

September 19, 2011

Written by Richard Hobert (Sweden, 2010), translated by Susanna Stevens, & directed by Christoffer Berdal (Denmark). Set in a landscape of extreme modern environments, Desire is a story about a growing power struggle between four successful people in the multinational business world. Outer perfection is in rough contrast to the forces and emotions that threaten to rip these four apart. Desire is a psychological chamber play that explores what power does to people. Who wins, who gets abandoned, and who will disappoint or be disappointed?

About the playwright:
Richard Hobert (b. 1951, Kalmar, Sweden) is one of Sweden’s most celebrated film directors, and writers for film, television, and theater. He studied political science, languages, and film/theater at the University of Lund in Sweden and debuted as a radio playwright in 1974. In 1995 Hobert was awarded the Ingmar Bergman Prize for his work. His previous work includes internationally acclaimed films including Spring of Joy/Glädjekällan (1993), Run for Your Life/Spring för livet (1997), The Eye/Ögat (1998), Everyone Loves Alice/Alla älskar Alice (2002), and Harry's Daughters/Harrys döttrar (2005).

The Undiscovered Country/Det Oupptäckta Landet

November 7, 2011

Written by Jacob Hirdwell (Iceland, Sweden) and directed by Kathy Curtiss (American). The majority of the human genome was mapped out by the late 90s. The information matches a text quantity of 800 bibles. But what does this mean and how can we use this knowledge? What effect would “eternal life” have on society from an economical, religious, and political perspective?

In The Undiscovered Country young scientist Tekla is hired by the Icelandic company Genome. She quickly advances within the hierarchy of the company where she's faced with a patient suffering from a very strange disease: a person that genetically looks like nothing else in the world.

The Undiscovered Country was first staged at the National Theatre in Reykavík in 2007.

This play is presented in arrangement with Nordiska ApS, Copenhagen.

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Denmark New York, the Consulate General of Finland in New York, the Consulate General of Iceland in New York, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General of New York, the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, and Scandinavia House.

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2010

Aladdin
The Lahjan Tytöt Aesthetic Gymnastics Club

Thursday, February 25, 5 pm
FREE, no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

The Lahjan Tytöt Aesthetic Gymnastics ClubThe Finnish gymnastic group Lahjan Tytöt combines Finnish art and sport in an enchanting combination of high-energy modern dance, group aesthetic gymnastics, and traditional Finnish folk song and dance. The performance at Scandinavia House will tell the story of Aladdin, interpreted through dance and aesthetic group gymnastics. Founded in Turku, Finland in 1971, the club boasts 750 members from age 2 through 80. It has been a formidable presence in national and international competitions, winning the Finnish Cup and taking the silver medal in the world championship.

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Contemporary Scandinavian Theater: Staged Readings

Monday, May 3, 6:30 pm pre-reception & raffle, 7 pm reading
FREE

Scandinavian American Theater Company“They’re young. They’re wild. They’re looking... for an apartment. At any price. At a time when everything has its price. Aaron and Peter are brothers. Nina and Allan have been together. Nadja meets Peter first, then Aaron. And Gary, Aaron and Peter’s father, would rather meet Nina than sort out his role as a father.”

A staged reading of Hand in Hand - a dark, fast-paced comedy filled with repartee that rattles forth like Morse code – a fictitious report from a young, urban world. Written by Sofia Fredén, one of Sweden’s most exciting contemporary writers, and directed by New York-based Swedish director Anders Cato. The cast features Danish actress and Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) Ambassador Charlotte Munck and actors from SATC.

SATC is a New York-based Scandinavian theater company founded to further Scandinavian performing arts in New York by staging innovative productions of plays from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The company was formed in 2009 and Hand in Hand is its first reading.

Co-hosted by the Consulate General of Sweden in New York and the Consulate General of Denmark, New York.Contemporary Scandinavian Theater: Staged Readings

ABOUT THE ARTISTS:

Anders CatoAnders Cato recently directed his own adaptation of Ibsen’s Ghosts at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Crime and Punishment at Cleveland Playhouse and Mrs. Warren’s Profession at the Alley Theatre in Houston. Other directing credits include Lars Norén’s War, and Craig Lucas’s adaptation of Miss Julie at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York, Texts for Nothing at The Royal Court Theatre in London and the Magic Theater in San Francisco, When the World Was Green at American Repertory Theater and Moscow Art Theatre, Blood Orange at Cherry Lane Theatre, A Dream Play at Westbeth Theatre, The War in Heaven at La Jolla Playhouse, All My Sons, Tango Palace, and In Berlin at 7 Stages, The Seafarer, Doubt and Souvenir at George Street Playhouse, Gross Indecency and Dirty Blonde at Theatre in the Square. His production of I Am My Own Wife was seen at Cleveland Playhouse, Coconut Grove Playhouse and George Street Playhouse. At Berkshire Theatre Festival he also directed Texts for Nothing (with Joseph Chaikin), Miss Julie, Talley’s Folly, Heartbreak House, The Misanthrope, The Father, American Buffalo, The Night of the Iguana, Via Dolorosa, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Candida and Waiting for Godot. Presently, he is working on three short films.

Sofia FredénSofia Fredén was born in 1968 in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city. She studied writing for film and theatre at “Dramatiska Institutet”, graduating in 1995. Since graduation she has written prolifically for the theatre and also manages to write for film and radio. Her plays have been produced in many of Sweden’s city and regional theatres, at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and outside of Sweden, chiefly in Germany and France. In 2005, Sofia received the critics prize for Children and Youth Theatre, for three plays that played simultaneously at three different theatres; Bara Barnet (Only a Child), Ruttet: a princess liv (Rotten: The Life of a Princess) and Solapan (The Sun Monkey). In January 2008 she received the Ibsen Stipend for White Baby. Several of Sofia’s plays are translated to other languages; French, German and English primarily. Sofia is playwright in residence at Stockholm “Stadsteatern” and lives in Stockholm with her boyfriend, her baby daughter and two stepchildren.

Charlotte MunckCharlotte Munck graduated from “Teaterskolen” in Odense in 1998 and made her breakthrough in 2001 as the female lead in the Danish feature film En Kort en Lang (A Short a Long). Her subsequent interpretation of the role “Anna Pihl” in the crime TV-series with the same name made her one of the most acclaimed and well-recognized actresses in Scandinavia. In 2010 she was nominated for a ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Roberts Award (the Danish equivalent of the Oscars) for her work in the film Headhunter.

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Stories, Music & Dance: A Benefit for Haiti

Sunday, May 9, 1 pm silent auction, program 2-4 pm, Victor Borge Hall
$20 ($10 Students & Seniors)
For reservations, call 212.613.3117

Stories, Music & Dance: A Benefit for HaitiThis Mother’s Day at Scandinavia House, celebrate the culture of Haiti at a special event to raise support for mothers and children affected by the recent earthquake. Join us for a family-friendly concert with storytellers and musicians, preceded by a silent auction at 1 pm.

Funds will go directly to ATD Fourth World, working in Haiti since 1980. Additionally, Smörgås Chef Restaurant, open for brunch and dinner, will donate 10% of the day’s proceeds to the benefit.

Sponsored by the Storytelling Center in New York City, in cooperation with the African Folk Heritage Circle and The American Scandanavian Foundation.

Miss Julie
The Scandinavian American Theater Company

June 10-12 & 17-19


Miss JulieMidsummer—the longest night of the year. A duo in a dance of power, sex, dreams and violence swirling out of control: Miss Julie (Lisa Pettersson) and Jean (Albert Bendix), her father’s valet, dreaming of a different life, bring their conflict of class, wealth and gender into the cook Kristine’s (Anette Norgaard) arena of the kitchen.

Directed by Henning Hegland and choreographed by Vigdis Hentze Olsen, Scandinavian American Theater Company brings August Strindberg’s timeless classic to the contemporary stage in their debut production with soundscapes, video, and dynamic physical staging.

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Contemporary Scandinavian Reading Series
Scandinavian American Theater Company

Mondays, pre-reception 7:30 pm/readings 8 pm
October 18, 2010, December 6, 2010 & January 31, 2011
Additional reading for May 23, 2011 TBA
FREE

Scandinavian American Theater CompanyScandinavian American Theater Company (SATC), the first-ever Scandinavian-American theater company in New York, was founded in 2009 by a group of New York-based Scandinavian theater professionals with the wish to introduce a new generation of Scandinavian playwrights to an American audience. SATC’s mission is to present high-quality, cutting-edge productions of contemporary Scandinavian plays and fresh interpretations of the Scandinavian classics, as well as to foster the Scandinavian-American performing arts community in New York.

In their Contemporary Scandinavian Reading Series, SATC presents five plays annually representing Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark (including Greenland and the Faroe Islands).

Co-presented by the Consulate General of Finland in New York, the Consulate General of Denmark New York, the Consulate General of Sweden in New York, and Scandinavia House.

For Sheer Love of Me/Rakkaudesta minuun

October 18

Written by Anna Krogerus (Finland, 2005) & directed by Kathleen Amshoff. The Northcliff family is slowly falling apart in their large apartment in a wealthy neighborhood. Tina, an interior decorator, and Edward, a TV psychologist, are growing apart, while their ten year-old daughter, Sylvia (named after Sylvia Plath), becomes increasingly lonely and isolated. All these suppressed feelings surface with the arrival of a new neighbor, Sally Peak. The entire family piles their hopes and desperation onto Sally, which leads to an inevitable collision. Starring Kaia Foss (Norway), Tullan Holmqvist (Sweden), Anette Norgaard (Denmark), Sean Kazarian (USA) and Eija Ranta (Finland), For Sheer Love of Me is a melancholy, perceptive, compassionate and subtly humorous examination of alienation within a family.

About the playwright:
Anna Krogerus (b. 1974, Kuopio, Finland) got her breakthrough as a playwright in 2006 with For Sheer Love of Me/Rakkaudesta minuun, first performed at the Finnish National Theatre. Both a critical and popular success, it also received the Finnish Critics’ Association Award for Best Play. Krogerus studied literature at the University of Tampere and dramaturgy at the Theatre Academy of Finland (1996-2002). Since 2005, she has worked as resident writer and dramaturge at the Kajaani Municipal Theatre in Finland. Krogerus writes sensitive and complex plays, full of deeply introspective characters, balancing between anxiety and joy.

Me and My Boy

Starring Charles McMahon* (USA), Evan Joiner* (USA-Norway), Erin Gorski* (USA), Alexis Savino (USA), Amanda Broomell (USA), Annemette Andersen* (Denmark)
December 6

Written by Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson (Iceland, 1998), translated by Anna Yates, and directed by Henning Hegland (Norway). Me and My Boy opens and closes with a call from a telephone salesman… Stuart has just moved into a new apartment, where he has invited his alcoholic father Richard to stay with him (he has difficulty walking and suffers from a heart condition) and his sister Valerie to help decorate. His new neighbors are an argumentative, young couple: Edward, the lazy and sullen boyfriend, and Marie, a hyper-positive and romantic, born-again Christian. When the couple disrupts Valerie’s decorating plans with their arguing, she scolds them through the wall. Suddenly ghosts of the past capture the stage and everybody except Mary knows one another. It is revealed that Richard was involved with Edward’s mother, who was then married to a disabled worker. After Stuart’s mother commits suicide, questions arise as to whether or not Edward is Richard’s son.

Thorsteinsson is keenly adept at describing rotten family relationships; his language is crisp and sharp, the dialogue sarcastic, and the contrasts glaring as the author sets the stage for serious confessions when death calls. Me and My Boy was originally staged in 1998 with great success at the Hafnarfjörður Theatre.

Thorvaldur ThorsteinssonAbout the playwright:
Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson (b. 1960, Akureyri, Iceland) studied Icelandic and literary history at the University of Iceland, before he was accepted at the School of Handicraft in Reykjavík in 1983. He finished his education in 1989 at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht in the Netherlands. Since 1982 Thorsteinsson has made a name for himself in Iceland and abroad as a non-traditional sculptor, painter, visual artist, and performer at numerous exhibitions and events. He has created several literary works for Icelandic radio and television. Thorsteinsson has also written several plays that have all been successfully staged in Iceland, including In Honor of the Occasion (1992), The Message Pouch (1993), Live (1997), Me and My Boy (1999), Fairytale about Love (1999), Talespin (2001), And Björk, Of Course… (2002), The Farting Hill (2002), There was a Child in the Valley (2002), and Guilty (2003).

*Actors appear courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.

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Blocks/Kloss
Teater Tr3

Saturday, October 23, 2 performances – 11 am & 1 pm
$10 ($7 ASF Members), ages 3+

Blocks/KlossWhich is more fun? Building up or knocking down? Filled with slap-stick humor and a touch of seriousness, Blocks is a happy story about three characters trying to organize their world. Blue overalls inspire choreography that freely mixes the concepts of work and play.

Teater Tre is one of the most active and beloved theater groups in Sweden, performing over 300 shows every year all over Sweden and on their home stage in Stockholm. During the last year the group has been invited to many international theater festivals including Finland, Lithuania, Serbia, France, Italy, Japan, Cameroon, Egypt, Germany, and Australia. Formed in 1979, Teater Tre began as mime-based, visual theater that included text, movement and music, and consisted of students graduating in mime from the Academy of Theater in Stockholm.

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The 2nd Annual Live Action New York

Friday, November 5, 7:30 pm; Saturday, November 6, 7 pm; Sunday, November 7, 2 pm
$10 ($7 ASF Members)

The 2nd Annual Live Action New YorkNow in its second year, Live Action New York will showcase twenty of the most engaging and up-and-coming Scandinavian and North American performance artists. Featured are a mix of young and emerging artists (including Peter Rosvik, Finland, and Søren Dahlgaard, Denmark), selected for their natural energy, ambition and inventiveness, alongside the experience and quality of internationally-established artists (among them Rita Marhaug, Marilyn Arsem, Johanna Householder, and Tanya Mars). This inter-generational blend of styles goes beyond mainstream contemporary art in an artistically high-profile, thought-provoking, and avant-garde milieu.

About the curator:
Jonas Stampe, the curator and project manager of Live Action New York 09: Scandinavian Performance Art, has established himself on the international performance art scene. As the curator of three performance art festivals in Europe, Infr'Action - Festival International d'Art Performance in Sète, France, Infr’Action Paris and Live Action Göteborg, since 2001 he has presented more than 200 artists from more than 34 countries.

In 2001 and 2003 he was the project manager and curator of the biennial of contemporary art, Ideologia, which in its first edition presented 28 Scandinavian artists and in its second edition 56 artists.

He has been active as an art critic since 1987, writing for different Swedish and Scandinavian newspapers and art magazines on exhibitions on the international art scene and major exhibitions and events like Documenta, the Venice Biennial and the Whitney Biennial of American Art.

He is preparing a Ph.D. in contemporary art history at the University of Lund, Sweden, focusing on post-war European and American art. He has also studied art theory at l'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris under the direction of Hubert Damisch. Also a theorician, his specialty is European and American post-war art from 1944-1965.

Recently he was selected as one of eight curators of the 10th Open International Performance Art Festival in Beijing, which took place in Beijing in August and September, presenting more than 300 artists. He was also the curator of a delegation of three French artists to the international biennial of performance art LIVE, which took place in Vancouver October 15-31, 2009.

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