The Summer Without Men is an adaptation of American author Siri Hustvedt’s bestselling novel by Karen-Maria Bille and Peter Langdal. It premiered in Copenhagen in fall 2015. In the adaptation, three actresses play a gallery of twelve characters, seamlessly sliding from one to the next.
The play tells the universal story of a woman’s search for her lost identity after her husband has left her. The Summer Without Men paints a strong picture of three generations of women all struggling with loneliness, loss and sexuality.
About the playwrights
Peter Langdal is one of the leading stage directors in Scandinavia. Since his professional debut in 1983 his playful and innovative work has been much in demand at the large theater and opera houses in the Nordic countries (i.e. The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, The National Theatre in Oslo, The Royal Theatre in Copenhagen). From 1992 – 2015 Langdal was artistic director of the renowned Betty Nansen Theatre in Copenhagen that achieved international fame during his leadership.
Karen-Maria Bille has worked at a number of Danish and Swedish theatres and is one of the most experienced dramaturgs in Scandinavia. From 2000 to 2008 Bille was head of the literary department of The Royal Theatre in Copenhagen. Over the past almost 30 years she has contributed with adaptations, concepts and translations (from German, English, Swedish, and Norwegian) to countless productions.
About SATContemporary Reading Series
The Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) introduces audiences to a new generation of Nordic playwrights in its SATContemporary Reading Series. SATC is a non-profit theater company founded to provide Scandinavian perspectives through the new generation of Scandinavian playwrights and theater artists.
The company 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. The SATContemporary Reading Series consists of five staged readings that take place throughout the year at Scandinavia House.