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.
Nordic Spirit 2014: December 12-14
Post-show discussions will follow each reading, and there will be a special St Lucia’s Day celebration the evening of Saturday, December 13.
The plays featured in the Nordic Spirit Festival are often chosen as full productions in future Akvavit Seasons; the upcoming (March 2015) production of Blue Planet at Chicago’s DCASE Storefront Theater was originally presented as a reading in the 2012 Festival.
Admission to all readings is a suggested donation of $5. For more information about the Festival, please contact Akvavit Theatre at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7:30 PM: The Orchestra by Okko Leo (Finland)
*Made Possible by the Finlandia Foundation
A group of has-been rockers playing weddings for peanuts sees an opportunity for one last push for fame when a band-mate's famous sister visits them at a gig.
Saturday, December 13
3:00 PM: Neverland by Maria Tryti Vennerød (Norway)
A young son and his mother struggle with his illness, coping together through a shared love of Michael Jackson and the son's dream of visiting Neverland.
7:30 PM: People Under the Sun by Jonas Gardell (Sweden)
*Made Possible by the Swedish Council of America
Two couples strike up an acquaintance while on a beach vacation. Soon, a strange new neighbor and a series of unnatural occurrences start to foretell drastic changes on the horizon.
Sunday, December 14
3:00 PM: I Am the Maestro by Hrafnhildur (Iceland)
A concert guitarist's life and marriage are turned upside down when her former teacher pays her an unexpected visit and makes a tempting offer.
7:30 PM: The Sauna by Tomas Lagermand Lundme (Denmark)
*Made Possible by The Danish Home of Chicago
An exclusive, anonymous club meets for a secret 12-hour sauna session with a few strict rules: no names, no clothes, no sex and no water.
Andri Snær Magnason’s Blue Planet
★★★ 1/2 HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
"BLUE PLANET IS OUT OF THIS WORLD! A stunning visual feast... whimsical and fanciful and amazing to watch! Its message needs to be taken to the halls of Congress!" — Chicago Stage Standard
"Akvavit Theatre’s idiosyncratic, eco-conscious production features puppets, aerial arts, and gobs of wisdom." — Chicago Reader
Best friends Hulda and Brimir live on a planet much like Earth, but populated only by children. They live a simple but ideal life. When they meet an adult—the mysterious Jolly-Goodday—they are promised a life of greater joy, even more spectacular fun, and cannot resist. But, what are they willing to trade for an immediate reward? The exuberance of Peter Pan, the wonder of the myth of Icarus, mixed with an eco-conscious message, Blue Planet is a family-friendly and lively integrated theatrical experience that is sure to illuminate, entertain and inspire.
February 13–March 15, 2015
Thursdays–Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.
DCASE Storefront Theater
66 East Randolph St.
Regular ticket prices are $15 for single tickets, $10 for industry students/seniors, and $5 for children under 12 (with accompanying adult).
Special previews are Wednesday, Feb. 11 and Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. ($10 adults/$5 children)
This production is presented in association with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).
This program is partially supported by grants from the Illinois Arts Council (a State Agency) and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
- Sarah Scanlon (Hulda)[+]
- Joshua Davis (Brimir) [+]
- Michael T. Downey (Jolly-Goodday)[+]
(*) Denotes “Loud”
- Moira Begale (Elva)[+]
- Kim Boler (Loa)[+]
Kim Boler is so thankful to be working with Theatre Akkavit for the first time and delighted to be working with this fantastic Tribe. Favorite roles include Tonker in MONSTROUS REGIMENT at Lifeline, the Duck in PETER AND THE WOLF, and that show I will do in Chicago where I get to use my Bullwhip!!!! As always, much love to my effervescent husband Kevin.
- Mark Lancaster (Magni)[+]
- Linsey Falls (Bjarki)[+]
- Kirstin Franklin* (Tribe)[+]
- Beau Forbes (Tribe)[+]
- Deborah Craft (Tribe)[+]
- Tom McGrath (Tribe)[+]TOM McGRATH lives here. Sometimes! I work with theatres like Right Brain Project and Promethean Theatre Ensemble and Signal Ensemble where I pretend to be The Doctor and Guildenstern and Germans and Russians and stuff. Other times! I take pictures with a camera. (www.tcmcgphotography.com) I have a doggie named Waffles and a kitty named Elphie and a wife named Laura, and they're all pretty much the best. Go 'Cats!
- Amber Robinson (Tribe)[+]Once upon a time, Amber Robinson was born in a town called Elmhurst. She had a Mother and a Father, a Grandma and a Grandpa, and two sisters. They all told her she could be anything she wanted to be, so she decided she would become an Actor (until age 35, when she would become president of the United States.)
So she travelled the world, from Illinois Wesleyan University all the way to the Moscow Art Theatre (in Russia!) to learn how to be an actor. Finally, she moved to the big city (Chicago), where she performed and directed with all the best theatres (Strange Tree, Grey Ghost, Redmoon, Emerald City, Collaboraction, TUTA, and Akvavit).
She continued to perform in Chicago until the year 2024, when she became the first female president of the United States.
And lived happily ever after.
- Bridgette Hammond (u/s Hulda)[+]Bridgette Hammond (u/s Hulda) is so excited to be working with Akvavit for the first time! She received her BA in Theatre from Northwestern University in 2013, and since then she has worked with Factory Theater (Hotel Aphrodite), Walkabout Theater Company (Beach Party at the End of the World), Irish Theatre of Chicago (Lay Me Down Softly), and Redmoon Theater.
- Wm. Bullion* (director)[+]Wm. Bullion was born on a planet called Berkeley and lived on such strange planets as Iowa, Bogotá, Caracas, Evanston and Los Angeles before settling on Planet Chicago to make theater for you. He’s so happy to be part of Akvavit Theatre, having directed a merry little burlesque ditty called A Summer’s Day by Jon Fosse, and a weighty poetic treatise on the bleakness of the human condition called Pippi’s Lost Stockings. Wait—strike that, reverse it—thank you. Perhaps you thought you just saw Wm. dressed as your grandmother for the Factory Theater’s Hotel Aphrodite? That was him!
- Chad Eric Bergman* (scenographer)[+]Chad Eric Bergman actively collaborates in the Chicago Storefront scene having worked with Stage Left, Live Bait, Chicago Dramatists, MPAACT, parker, Plasticene and Akvavit in various artistic ways. He has been an artist in residence at the Ragdale Foundation and the University of Chicago’s Summer Incubator. He spent a year in Finland on a Fulbright exploring bilingual theatre. At North Park University, he has been developing a theatre curriculum that is based on the Chicago Storefront Theatre model.
- John Kelly (lighting)[+]John Kelly (lighting designer) is very excited to be working with Akvavit for the first time! Other upcoming and current design credits include The One and Only Ivan (Lifeline Theatre), 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, Quiz Show (Strawdog Theatre), Teeth Together, Lips Apart (Eclipse Theatre), MacBeth (Asst' Lighting Designer-Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Endgame (Asst' Lighting Designer-The Hypocrites). He was nominated for a 2014 Non-Equity Jeff Award for his lighting design of Great Expectations (Strawdog Theatre) where he is also an ensemble member.
- Kimberly G. Morris (costumes & puppets)[+]Kim is excited to join the team with Akvavit. Based in Chicago, she freelance designs and builds costumes, wigs, makeup, props, puppets and special effects for numerous venues around the country. Upcoming projects include No Way To Treat a Lady and Unnecessary Farce with Fox Valley Repertory; Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with MEHS; On The Razzle and Shrek with NWHS; and Titus Andronicus with Babes with Blades.
- Adam MacAleavey (puppets)[+]Adam McAleavey is a puppeteer, prop-designer, mask-builder, writer, occasional stand-up, and semi-reluctant actor that has called Chicago his home for the past 7 years. He has built puppets with IBEX Puppetry, and also writes/performs as part of SNORF, an all-ages puppet variety show with the Noah Ginex Puppet company. He has also performed with Plan 9 Burlesque as both a variety act and emcee. Recently, he has been constructing various contraptions for InGen Productions, adapting a number of Shakespeare scripts, and is currently writing for an as-yet-unnamed ensemble Podcast for the fall. Whee!
- Will Huff (composer and sound)[+]Will Huff’s (b. 1986) compositions draw their inspiration from American and European minimalism & post-minimalism, and are informed by philosophy, spirituality, art, and the physical environment. The landscape and music of Iceland has been a source of inspiration ever since first encountering the music of Sigur Ros in his high school years. His music has been featured on festivals including Omaha Under the Radar, Exchange of Midwest Collegiate Composers, Midwest Composers Symposium, and the Eastern Trombone Workshop. Recent focus has been devoted to algorithmic composition, Max/MSP, and research in liminal phenomena driven by timbral ambiguity. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa where he studied with David Gompper and Lawrence Fritts. Other mentors include Michael Schelle, Frank Felice, and Robert Mueller.
- Nicole Jordan (movement choreography)[+]Nicole is a professional Mover and Shaker, though not in the business sense, holding an M.F.A. in Physical Theatre from the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy. She is well-trained in devised movement, storytelling, Commedia dell'Arte, the Roy Hart voice technique, various circus arts, slapstick, and mask performance. Nicole had her Chicago debut in May of 2014, performing in Redmoon Theatre's Spring Spectacle Bellboys, Bears and Baggage. Since then, she's been fortunate to work on several other productions, including Red Theatre's Romeo and Juliet in ASL and Kurt Weill's lost masterpiece, Magical Night, alongside master mimes T. Daniel and Laurie Willets. A Miami, FL. native, Nicole spends an abundance of her time in Chicago answering the question, “What the HECK are you doing HERE?!” and hugging people for awkward lengths of time to stay warm. When she's not teaching people to fly or be trees with Akvavit Theatre, Nicole teaches circus arts to children with CircEsteem.
- Krista Mickelson (production manager)[+]Krista Mickelson (Production Manager) is excited to be working with Akvavit as their Seasonal Production Manager. This is now her second show with them. Recently she has production managed for the Hypocrites, Theater on the Lake, Red Tape Theatre, InGen Productions and North Park University. She has also stage managed for Haven Theatre, Six Hours Short Productions, as well as assistant stage managed for the Ruffians and Barrel of Monkeys.
- John Morrison (assistant director)[+]John Morrison is thrilled to be working with Akvavit for the first time. Current theater tribes include Bruised Orange Theater Company and Red Theater Chicago. Favorite directing adventures include Autumn Leaves, Wyrd Sisters, The Bugaboo Room, Daddy Long Legs, Determination, The Nebraska Project, and Heft. jmorrisondirect.com
- Alan Weusthoff (technical director)[+]This is Alan's fourth show with Akvavit Theatre where he previously built the sets for They Died Where They Lied, Mishap! and The Frozen on the Square. Other Chicago credits include building sets for Redtwist Theater, Red Tape Theater, North Park University, and most recently The Life and Sort of Death of Eric Argyle at Steep Theatre. Alan is a graduate of the Theatre program at Truman State University.
- Phil Claudnic (stage manager)[+]Phil Claudnic (Stage Manager) has returned to Akvavit. It seems like yesterday that he was looking over the fjord on that chilly Summers Day. It was quite cold. Now we’re on the Blue Planet where he is reminded that sometimes managing actors is like managing children—fun, adventurous, and WILD! Phil often has other adventures with Adventure Stage Chicago and Lifeline Theater. And he will always go home to Factory Theater Company where he manages operations in our NEW SPACE!