Playing the Queen tells the story of women and power. A power hungry MP, a dishonest skiing champion, and a mother suspected of her husband’s murder are all about to be subjected to public trial. But is there any comedy to these women’s public failings or merely contempt? Are women judged differently to men, and how do these women choose to portray their own femininity?

Freely mixing gender roles, Playing the Queen entices the audience with its perceptive writing and hilariously dark comedy. The play examines the relationship between women, power, and the media in the 21st century, but also draws on a broader historical perspective. Antti Mikkola’s keenly observed, incisive script is inspired by true stories but expands into a multifaceted work blending past with present.

About the playwright

Antti Mikkola has quickly become one of the most sought-after writers and directors in Finland. He is a founding member of Theatre Siberia, a group of young actors and directors whose focus is on new, experimental forms of theatre.

Throughout his career he has worked in many different areas of theatre production, including both acting and directing. Mikkola’s Playing the Queen marked his breakthrough in 2012, when the play’s critical and box-office success brought him to the attention of a wide public.

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.



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MON—6-5-2017—7:30 PM, free
Pre-reception—7 PM