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SATContemporary Reading Series: Our Boy/Pabbastrákur

Photo by Tuukka Ervasti Millesgården

MON – 5-5-2014 – 8:00 PM
Pre-reception 7:30 pm

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.

Our Boy/Pabbastrákur

Written by Hávar Sigurjónsson (Iceland, 2003), translated by Árni Ibsen (Iceland), & directed by Onur Karaoglu (Turkey). In a series of isolated scenes of various lengths, Sigurjónsson examines the relationships between a mother, a father, their homosexual son, and his boyfriend.

Themes like machismo, love and longing, sex, upbringing, and marriage are dealt with an equal amount of seriousness and humor. Our Boy premiered at the National Theater in Iceland in January 2003. It was selected at the Bonn/Wiesbaden Biennale for Best New European Drama in 2004.

About the playwright

Hávar Sigurjónsson graduated from Manchester University Drama Department in 1982 with B.A. honors degree and completed his M.A. in Theatre Arts at Leeds University Workshop Theatre in 1983. Since then he has worked professionally in Iceland as a journalist, stage director, and translator and has written plays for the stage, radio, and television.

From 1992-1997 Sigurjónsson was attached to the National Theater of Iceland as a stage director and dramaturg. In 1997 he began working as a freelance writer and cultural journalist for Morgunblaðið – the largest daily newspaper of Iceland. Since 2004 Sigurjónsson has been the President of the Icelandic Union of Playwrights and Screenwriters.

About the director

Onur Karaoglu (b. 1982, Istanbul, Turkey) is a theater and film writer. He received his M.F.A. in theater directing from Columbia University and creates works both in New York and Istanbul, currently working with Orhan Pamuk. Karaoglu is the founder and artistic director of Studio 4 Istanbul.

His theater and film works have participated in festivals around the world, including Spain, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, Korea, Japan, Switzerland, and Russia.

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.