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. 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.
Written by Bjarni Jónsson (Iceland, 2007) and translated by Hilmar Ramos (Iceland). Through the blurred lines of morning TV programming, reality TV, and live theater, a couple’s private life is viewed under a microscope. Humor and tragedy collide as what really happened to the relationship begins to unfold. Where does private life end and public life begin?
MISHAP! opened at the Icelandic National Theatre in September 2007 and earned playwright Jónsson a nomination for the Icelandic Theatre Prize and the 2008 Nordic Drama Award.
About the playwright
Bjarni Jónsson (b. 1966) is an Icelandic playwright and translator. He received his Master’s Degree in Theatre Studies in 1992 from Ludwig-Maximilians Universität (LMU) in Munich. Jónsson has also frequently worked as a dramaturge and a director of radio drama and has translated numerous plays and novels by authors such as Harold Pinter, Mark Ravenhill, Neil LaBute, David Gieselmann, Marius von Mayenburg, Thomas Bernhard, Roddy Doyle, Henrik Ibsen, George Tabori, Tennessee Williams, Günter Grass, and Hertha Mueller.
Jónsson is co-founder and associate artistic director of the LÓKAL Theate Festival Reykjavík, an annual event that brings new theater to the Icelandic audience and connects Icelandic theater makers with the international scene. In addition to the accolades MISHAP! brought him, he has twice won awards in the “Radio Drama” category of the Nordic Drama Awards.