Opening October 9th!

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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.
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This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. 
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The Frozen on the Square (1982) is part of Chicago Artists Month 2014, the 19th annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant art community presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.  For more information, visit
  • Bergen Anderson (Susann)[+]
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    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) [+]
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    Rob Cramer is delighted for this opportunity to work with Akvavit, and reconnect with his Scandinavian roots - lost in the mists of of the English Danelaw.  Having appeared on stages from Philadelphia to San Diego, recent Chicago credits include: Pawnie in Noel Coward's "The Vortex", Lord Darlington in "Lady Windermere's Fan" by Wilde, and Eric Maria Remarque in "Loos Ends" - all with the Dead Writers Theater Collective.  Past favorite roles include Creon in "Antigone", Algernon in "The Importance of Being Earnest", Dromio of Ephesis in "A Comedy of Errors", Freddie in "Noises Off", and Ralph in the City Lit Art of Adaptation prize-winning "Low" with Aston Rep.  Directing credits include the inaugural Wharton Follies - "A Placement Line", "The Caretaker", and "Closer".  Enjoy the show and takk takk for coming!
  • Elyse Dawson (Photographer, u/s Susann)[+]
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    Elyse Dawson (Photographer/Understudy Susann) is a Theatre Artist from Dayton, Ohio with a B.F.A. from Wright State University.  Previous Chicago credits include 3HALOS[beta], Bare Knuckle Productions’ all-female Reservoir Dogs and BWBTC’s L’Imbecile.  She is an Ensemble member of Babes With Blades Theater Company and is proud to work with Akvavit for the first time.  She would like to thank Lauren for her infinite sunshine.  Skal!
  • Andrew Fortman (David)[+]
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    Andrew Fortman is excited to make his Chicagoland debut with Akvavit Theatre and this talented cast and crew!  His acting credits include: The Electric Lighthouse, A Human Bond for the Fallen; The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe (NYC); Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet (Roper Center); The 39 Steps, One Man Two Guvnors (Heritage Rep); The Seagull, The Foreigner (Culbreth Stage).  His musical theater credits include: My Fair Lady, Spelling Bee, She Loves Me, Oliver (Heritage Rep); Pippin (Culbreth Stage).  Andrew is also an Applied Drama creator and playwright, always seeking new and unique ways to connect the community to its arts.  He holds his MFA in Acting from the University of Virginia and thanks his husband, Tyler, for making every day a fun-filled adventure!
  • Paulette Hicks (Nanny)[+]
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    This is Paulette's first production with Akvavit.  Her Chicago credits include Constance in King John with Linchpin Theatre, Patricia in The Gray Girl at the Factory Theatre, Emma in Betrayal at Oak Park Village Players, The Abbess in Comedy of Errors at Chase Park Theatre, Dr. Charlotte in Marvin's Room at Redtwist Theatre and she understudied the role of Diane in Little Dog Laughed at About Face Theatre. She has also performed with The Human Race, W. Shakespeare & Co. and The Dayton Theatre Guild in Dayton, Ohio.
  • Mark Litwicki (Jorn Donner)[+]
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    Mark Litwicki (Jörn Donner), an Akvavit member since 2010, most recently appeared in Akvavit’s Icelandic tragicomedy Mishap. He co-directed Akvavit’s They Died Where They Lied in 2013 and directed En las sombras de Colján for Spanish-language theater company Colectivo el Pozo. Early theatre work included a role in an itinerant Teatro Campesino piece in rural Arizona. Litwicki’s bilingual play One Small Illegal Woman / Una Pequeña Mujer Ilegal was produced in Chicago in 2005.
  • Melissa Reeves (TV Announcer)[+]
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    Melissa Reeves happily debuts at Akvavit with this production. She has been seen on numerous stages with companies like Promethean Theatre Ensemble (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead), Commedia Beauregard (The Mandrake), Saint Sebastian Players (Measure for Measure and Arms and the Man) Bard & Fool Theater Company (All in the Timing) and Chicago Dramatists (How I Became an Interesting Person). In Cincinnati, she appeared in numerous award-winning shows including The Master Builder (Hilda), The Importance of Being Earnest (Gwendolyn), Last of the Red Hot Lovers (Bobbie), and her absolute favorite, Proof (Catherine). Melissa has a BFA in acting from Ohio University and an MA in creative writing from Bath College of Higher Education. She thanks her parents for their continuous support: one from Earth and one from the great beyond.
  • Ben Schlotfelt (Peter Schildt)[+]
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    Ben is pretty darn excited to be working with Akvavit theatre for the first time and to be back at the Den. Recent credits include Nothing Special Productions' The Most Ado; A Party Play, The Living Canvas: Rx, and Stone Soup Shakespeare's As You Like It. As always, thanks to my loved ones; they make all hooplah of life meaningful. 
  • Jordon Scott Johnson (A friend named Ben)[+]
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    Jordan Scott Johnson (A Friend named Ben) is honored to be working with Akvavit for his first time in FROZEN ON THE SQUARE, 1982. Johnson is a recent graduate of Northwestern University, where favorite credits include AVENUE Q (Brian), THE SEAGULL (Medvedenko) and THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ (Scarecrow). Johnson has since appeared at Adventure Stage Chicago, Signal Ensemble Theatre, The Auditorium Theatre, City Lit and in Chicago Public Schools with the performance collective For Youth Inquiry. Much thanks to all who have touched this play along it's journey.
  • Dan Wilson (Sven)[+]
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    Dan is making his Akvavit debut with The Frozen On The Square (1982). Chicago credits include Miles Away (The Side Project); Her Naked Skin, Romeo & Juliet (Shattered Globe Theatre); Henry V (Oak Park Festival Theatre); The Madness of Edgar Allan Poe, Twelfth Night (First Folio Theatre). New York credits include Under The Greenwood Tree (The Flea Theater); The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (St. Luke's); The Beach Eagle (Dixon Place). Dan has studied with SITI Company in New York and holds a B.A. in Theatre from Northwestern University.

  • Lucas Svensson[+]
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    Lucas Svensson was born 1973.
    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.
Production Team
  • 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.