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.
Queen C/Kuningatar K
Written by Laura Ruohonen (Finland, 2003) and directed by Joan Kane (U.S.A). “When I was born, ten cannon shots were fired. This means: a son is born.” Queen Christina, who ruled the Swedish-Finnish Empire in the 17th century, was a fascinating figure. This educated and cultured ruler, who was raised like a man, was a patron of the arts, and studied philosophy. But then she converted to Catholicism, abdicated the throne, and lived the rest of her life in Rome, where she died in 1689.
The play is not, however, a realistic portrayal of the historical Christina. Rather, it is built on many layers, through the use of powerful metaphors, depicting a person who aspires to be independent, to choose her own religious beliefs, country, and entire identity. Queen C is a poetic, magical, and quirky story, whose main character is as captivating today as she was for her contemporaries.
About the playwright
MON – 3-18-2013 – 8:00 PM
Pre-reception 7:30 pm