“They’re young. They’re wild. They’re looking… for an apartment. At any price. At a time when everything has its price. Aaron and Peter are brothers. Nina and Allan have been together. Nadja meets Peter first, then Aaron. And Gary, Aaron and Peter’s father, would rather meet Nina than sort out his role as a father.”
A staged reading of Hand in Hand – a dark, fast-paced comedy filled with repartee that rattles forth like Morse code – a fictitious report from a young, urban world. Written by Sofia Fredén, one of Sweden’s most exciting contemporary writers, and directed by New York-based Swedish director Anders Cato. The cast features Danish actress and Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) Ambassador Charlotte Munck and actors from SATC.
SATC is a New York-based Scandinavian theater company founded to further Scandinavian performing arts in New York by staging innovative productions of plays from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The company was formed in 2009 and Hand in Hand is its first reading.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Anders Cato recently directed his own adaptation of Ibsen’s Ghosts at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Crime and Punishment at Cleveland Playhouse and Mrs. Warren’s Profession at the Alley Theatre in Houston. Other directing credits include Lars Norén’s War, and Craig Lucas’s adaptation of Miss Julie at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York, Texts for Nothing at The Royal Court Theatre in London and the Magic Theater in San Francisco, When the World Was Green at American Repertory Theater and Moscow Art Theatre, Blood Orange at Cherry Lane Theatre, A Dream Play at Westbeth Theatre, The War in Heaven at La Jolla Playhouse, All My Sons, Tango Palace, and In Berlin at 7 Stages, The Seafarer, Doubt and Souvenir at George Street Playhouse, Gross Indecency and Dirty Blonde at Theatre in the Square. His production of I Am My Own Wife was seen at Cleveland Playhouse, Coconut Grove Playhouse and George Street Playhouse. At Berkshire Theatre Festival he also directed Texts for Nothing (with Joseph Chaikin), Miss Julie, Talley’s Folly, Heartbreak House, The Misanthrope, The Father, American Buffalo, The Night of the Iguana, Via Dolorosa, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Candida and Waiting for Godot. Presently, he is working on three short films.
SSofia Fredén was born in 1968 in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city. She studied writing for film and theatre at “Dramatiska Institutet”, graduating in 1995. Since graduation she has written prolifically for the theatre and also manages to write for film and radio. Her plays have been produced in many of Sweden’s city and regional theatres, at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and outside of Sweden, chiefly in Germany and France. In 2005,
Sofia received the critics prize for Children and Youth Theatre, for three plays that played simultaneously at three different theatres; Bara Barnet (Only a Child), Ruttet: a princess liv (Rotten: The Life of a Princess) and Solapan (The Sun Monkey). In January 2008 she received the Ibsen Stipend for White Baby. Several of Sofia’s plays are translated to other languages; French, German and English primarily. Sofia is playwright in residence at Stockholm “Stadsteatern” and lives in Stockholm with her boyfriend, her baby daughter and two stepchildren.
Charlotte Munck graduated from “Teaterskolen” in Odense in 1998 and made her breakthrough in 2001 as the female lead in the Danish feature film En Kort en Lang (A Short a Long). Her subsequent interpretation of the role “Anna Pihl” in the crime TV-series with the same name made her one of the most acclaimed and well-recognized actresses in Scandinavia. In 2010 she was nominated for a ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Roberts Award (the Danish equivalent of the Oscars) for her work in the film Headhunter.
MON – 5-3-2010 – 7:00 PM
6:30 pm pre-reception & raffle, 7 pm reading