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
Finnish 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.