Scandinavian 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.
Pinocchio’s Ashes/Pinocchios aske*
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.
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.