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"Jolting... bright and unsettling..."

"Rich with a dramatic tension that's firmly gripped by the cast!"

— Gwen Purdom, Time Out Chicago


"...engaging... spirited...!"

"The play’s origin may be Icelandic but the specific plot points—dangerous drivers, school strikes, evasive political leaders—are as local as our nightly news..."

— Raymond Rehayem, Newcity Stage

"Director Chad Eric Bergman's stylish, sure-footed production features an able cast!"
—Justin Hayford, Chicago Reader

FEBRUARY 20 – MARCH 23, 2014

Directed by Akvavit Producing Artistic Director Chad Eric Bergman, translated by Hilmar Ramos

The Side Project
1439 W. Jarvis Ave.

Regular performances were Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Industry night was Monday, March 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Press night was Friday, February 21 at 8:00 p.m.

Cast: Bergen Anderson* (Jóhanna), Matthew Isler* (Halldór), Breahan Eve Pautsch* (Brynja), Sarah Nelson* (Rósa), Joshua Harris* (Daníel), Joe Giovannetti (Sverrir), Mark Litwicki* (Protester 1) and Kirstin Franklin*

The crew for MISHAP! included Chad Eric Bergman* (director, set designer), Wm. Bullion* (assistant director), Maggie Fullilove-Nugent (lighting designer), Christina Marcantonio (costumes), Catherine Connelly (stage manager).

MISHAP! (ÓHAPP!), is a psychological thriller, as if produced by The Today Show. Through the blurred lines of morning TV programming, reality TV, and live theater, we see a couple's private life under a microscope. Humor and tragedy collide as we discover what really happened to the relationship. What was the mishap that made their lives worthy of prime time? Where do our private lives end and our public lives begin? Is there still a line?

MISHAP! was a Candidate for the Nordic Drama Award 2008 and premiered at theIcelandic National Theatre in September 2007. In 2004, Jónsson was awarded the Nordic Prize for Radio Drama for The Wheel of Sleep, a production done in collaboration with the band Múm.

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For the Norwegian Pride Festival of Staged Readings (and Treats!), Akvavit presented 5 new short plays by two of Norway's leading playwrights with a Norwegian sweets-filled intermission! The Norwegian Pride Festival was Sponsored by the Sons of Norway

"We Are the Voice of Our People" a short one-act by Marius Leknes Snekkevåg in a world-premiere English translation by Kyle Korynta (acclaimed translator of Akvavit's "Gjenganger: 3 Plays by Jon Fosse).

Directed by Wm. Bullion
"At the Window"
"In a Shop" and
"Kate Moss"

3 great short plays by Ibsen Award-winning playwright Liv Heløe.

directed by Breahan Eve Pautsch
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The cast:

Mallory Nees (Anna)
Brian Hoolahan (Erik)
Pearl Paramadilok (Thai Woman)
Scott W. Anderson (Polish Man)

The crew:

Matthew Isler* (co-director)
Mark Litwicki* (co-director)
Lauren Yarbrough (stage manager)
Bergen Anderson* (producer)
Chad Eric Bergman* (scenographer)
Michael Sater (lighting designer)
Christina Marcantonio (costumes)
Mikey Moran (sound)
Alan Weusthoff (technical director)
*Indicates Akvavit Theatre company member.

Sofia Fredén’s They Died Where They Lied, co-directed by Akvavit company members Matthew Isler and Mark Litwicki, translated by Edward Buffalo Bromberg.


The Den Theatre,
1333 N. Milwaukee Ave.


November 1 – December 1
They Died Where They Lied is a razor-sharp black comedy that unfolds under the midnight sun of midsummer Sweden. Camping on the outskirts of town, burned-out couple Anna and Erik anesthetize themselves on boxed wine and replay their usual bitter arguments. Just as things begin to spin out of control, a pair of ragged berry-picking foreigners wander in from the woods.

One of "the nine best comedies in Chicago!" — Chicago Magazine

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Sofia Fredén's plays have been produced in most of the city and regional theaters in Sweden, as well as at the Royal Dramatic Theatre. In 2005, Fredén received the Critics Prize for Children and Youth Theatre, for three plays that played simultaneously at three different theaters; "Bara Barnet" (Only a Child), "Ruttet: a princess liv" (Rotten: The Life of a Princess) and "Solapan" (The Sun Monkey). Several of Fredén's plays are translated into other languages including French, German and English. Fredén is playwright in residence at Stockholm Stadsteatern and lives in Stockholm.