Opening October 9th!
The U.S. premiere of The Frozen on the Square (1982) by Lucas Svensson is a world-premiere translation by Akvavit’s Producing Artistic Director Chad Eric Bergman, and will be directed by company member Breahan Eve Pautsch (dir.: Autumn Dream). The show will open October 9 and will run through November 9 at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Chicago.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Sundays at 3PM, with special performances on Monday, October 20 (Industry Night) and Thursday, October 30 at 7:30 PM.
Ingmar Bergman returns like a force of nature to his small provincial Swedish hometown to film his masterpiece “Fanny & Alexander.” Four locals, extras in the film but principals in this existential comedy, struggle to escape the long shadow their brief encounter with the cinematic master's crowning achievement casts over their lives.
- Bergen Anderson (Susann)[+]
Bergen Anderson was raised in Iowa, lived in Sweden, was schooled in Minnesota, and now calls Chicago home. She has worked with a number of theatres in Chicago including: Black Sheep Productions, Steep Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Stage Left, Raven Theatre, Tin-Fish, Xunesis Productions, and Steppenwolf. She enjoys playing guitar and drinking Kopparberg's pear cider.
- Rob Cramer (Ingmar Bergman) [+]
- Elyse Dawson (Photographer, u/s Susann)[+]
- Andrew Fortman (David)[+]
- Paulette Hicks (Nanny)[+]
- Mark Litwicki (Jorn Donner)[+]
- Melissa Reeves (TV Announcer)[+]
- Ben Schlotfelt (Peter Schildt)[+]
- Jordon Scott Johnson (A friend named Ben)[+]
- Dan Wilson (Sven)[+]
- Lucas Svensson[+]
He was educated at the Dramatic institute for performing arts in Stockholm and worked as dramaturg at Unga Klara between 2002 and 2003. He served as writer in residence at Dramaten (The Royal Dramatic theatre in Stockholm) between 2003 and 2010 under artistic director Staffan Valdemar Holm. He has served as the Dramaturg at The City Theatre of Gothenburg since 2010. He lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. He has written around 40 plays.
Expressens Heffaklumpen 2006, The Henrik Ibsenaward 2009.
- Chad Eric Bergman (Set Design)[+]Chad Eric Bergman has collaborated in the theatre as a director, scholar, translator, designer, actor and playwright. In Chicago, he has worked with Stage Left, Live Bait, Chicago Dramatists, MPAACT, parker and Plasticene. He earned his PhD in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Bergman also spent a year in Finland on a Fulbright researching the political implications of bilingual theatre. He has been an artist in residence at the Ragdale Foundation and the University of Chicago’s Summer Incubator.
- Catherine Connelly (Stage Manager)[+]Catherine Connelly (Stage Manager) This is Catherine's 4th show with Akvavit Theatre after previously Stage Managing their productions of Mishap, Autumn Dream, and Red and Green she has also Stage Managed for Open Door Theatre Company's production of Small. Prior to that she Assistant Stage Managed Emerald City Theatre Company's Pinkalicious. Stage managed Studio-Be's production of Ragtime, Assistant Stage Managed Side Show Theatre's production of Heddatron and Stage Managed Brainpeople for Urban Theatre Company.
- Maggie Fullilove-Nugent (Lighting Designer)[+]Maggie Fullilove-Nugent (Lighting Designer) is delighted to be celebrating live theatre with Akvavit again. Previously she has designed Mishap!, Kokkola and Red & Green with these crazy and wonderful Nords. Maggie has worked with many other Chicago companies including The Neo-Futurists, Lookingglass and The Hypocrites. Maggie has also been production managing and teaching at North Park University since 2006. She is the Company Manager for Barrel of Monkeys, where she helps save the world by making props, creating spreadsheets and teaching creative writing and performance to Chicago Public School children. The most exciting new work in Maggie's life has been the creation of her new theatre collective, The Ruffians, who recently produced their first show, Burning Bluebeard, to sold out houses and critical acclaim. She would like to thank her friends and family for always supporting her in this incredible career.
- Jeffrey Levin (Sound Design)[+]Jeffrey Levin (Sound Designer) is happy to be working with Akvavit for the first time. He is a composer, sound designer, and musician who's worked with several Chicago and regional theaters including many plays with Profiles Theatre (Artistic Associate) including the Jeff Nominated Sound Design for IN THE COMPANY OF MEN and Jeff Nominated Original Music for IN GOD'S HAT. Other theater sound credits include work with Steppenwolf, The Hypocrites, Stage Left Theatre, Dead Writers Theatre Collective, Urban Theater Company, Deluge Theatre Collective, Columbia College, and McGill University (Montreal). Jeffrey also teaches music theory and private piano and musicianship lessons. He graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelors of Music and DePaul University with Masters of Music.
- Christina Marcantonio (Costume Design)[+]Christina M. Marcantonio has worked behind the scenes in costumes with Akvavit Theater for two shows, They Died Where They Lied and Mishap! As a Bergman lover she’s thrilled to be involved with their latest production. Christina works as a costume technician at Theater at the Center Munster, IN, Opera Theater St. Louis, St. Louis, MO and Ash Lawn Opera, Charlottesville, VA. In Chicago she’s collaborated with theater companies such as Evanston Children’s Theater, Teatro Vista, and Odradek Theatre.
- Krista Mickelson (Production Manager)[+]Krista Mickelson (Production Manager) is excited to be working Akvavit Theatre again! She has helped manage several theatre companies across Chicago including Akvavit Theatre, Red Tape Theatre, Theatre on the Lake, Barrel of Monkeys, The Ruffians, Haven Theatre, InGen Productions, and Six Hours Short Productions. She is currently the production manager for Akvavit's season and stage manager for Haven Theatre’s production of Hot Georgia Sunday. She has a degree from North Park University in Theatre, with minors in Non Profit Management and Fine Arts.
- Sarah Nelson (Props Designer)[+]Sarah Nelson is a company member with Akvavit Theatre and InGen Productions. A descendant of Norwegian and Swedish ancestors, Nelson delights in the opportunity to create theatre with a Nordic sensibility. Many thanks to her Akvavit family and JG for all their goodness.
- Breahan Pautsch (Director)[+]Breahan Eve Pautsch is originally from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. She earned her BA in Theatre and English at UW-Madison. She has been working in Chicago as an actor and director since 2003. In addition to directing with Akvavit Theatre, she has worked as a director with Raven Theatre, The International Voices Project, Hobo Junction Productions, Full Voice Productions, Mudgeonsoul Cinema and Stockyards Theatre Project.
- Alan Weusthoff (Technical Director)[+]This is Alan’s third show with Akvavit Theatre. He previously built the set for Mishap! and They Died Where They Lied. Other Chicago set construction credits include The Vandal at Steep Theatre, Mnemonic with Red Tape, and A Beautiful Dark at Redtwist Theatre. Alan is a graduate of the Theater program at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO.