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SATContemporary Reading Series: The Tailor's Tale/Skrædderens fortælling

Photo by Tuukka Ervasti Millesgården

MON – 1-27-2014 – 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.

The Tailor's Tale/Skrædderens fortælling

Written & translated by Alexander Bodin Saphir (Denmark, 2013) and directed by Kim Bodnia (Denmark). Danish-British playwright Bodin Saphir explores the notions of myth, memory, rationality, and belief: when three old friends reunite, differing views about what happened in Denmark during World War II cause old tensions to bubble to the surface.

Based on true stories and presenting new information about Denmark’s “miracle rescue” of its Jewish population, these conflicting narratives form the core of The Tailor’s Tale dramatization of the topical and highly-charged controversy that is emerging in Denmark 70 years later.

About the playwright

Alexander Bodin Saphir (b. 1978) is a Danish filmmaker, writer, and currently author-in-residence at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, collaborating with the children on a science/adventure book. His joint Israeli-Palestinian short film Winds of Sand (2008) was shortlisted for the Film for Peace Prize and he is currently co-directing and producing an Israeli-British documentary about a religious Israeli family dealing with HIV.

Bodin Saphir spent a year working and living in Israel before earning a B.A. in neurophilosophy from Duke University, North Carolina and studying experimental and avant garde film at University of California, Berkeley. After working for a year in the Danish film industry, he went back to study and received an M.A. in scriptwriting from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Since 2005 he has worked on short films, music videos, theater, and still photography in London.

About the director

Kim Bodnia (b. 1965, Denmark) is an actor and filmmaker, well-known for his role as Martin Rohde on the award-winning Swedish/Danish TV series The Bridge.

Bodnia grew up in Espergærde, Denmark. In his youth, he wrote music, lyrics, and poems. From 1987-1991 Bodnia studied at the National School of Theater (Statens Teaterskole) in Copenhagen.

His film debut came in 1989 with a small role in En afgrund af frihed (1989), after some theater experience, but it wasn’t until 1994 that he got his breakthrough as the macho character Jens in Ole Bornedal’s Nightwatch/Nattevagten (1994), for which he won several awards. After that he starred in what many consider his best performance to date: Nicolas Winding Refn’s Pusher (1996).

The actor has also appeared in Henrik Ruben Genz’s Terribly Happy/Frygtelig lykkelig (2008) and the two Lasse Sprang Olsen films In China They Eat Dogs/I Kina spiser de hunde (1999) and Old Men in New Cars/Gamle mænd i nye biller (2002). His latest feature film is Jon Stewart’s forthcoming Rosewater (2014) – based on the memoir of acclaimed journalist Maziar Bahari.

The Tailor’s Tale marks his return to theater, which cannot be more personal for him as the play is written by his cousin Alexander Bodin Saphir and the main character is based on Bodnia’s great uncle.

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.