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SATContemporary Reading Series: Sleep/Svevn

Photo by Tuukka Ervasti Millesgården

MON – 11-11-2013 – 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.


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 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