Join us for a Nordic stage reading/round table discussion. In collaboration with Bergman Studio at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, Sweden and Scandinavian American Theatre Company (SATC) from New York the Nordic Stage Festival comes to Washington DC for the first time. Nordic Stage's goal is to highlight the diversity and relevance of work being produced in Scandinavia today, featuring plays with a variety of genres, styles and subject matter.
The Embassy of Sweden and the Embassy of Finland are happy to present two new plays and host a following round table discussion were three additional Swedish playwriters will present their work: Lidija Praizovic, Tanja Lorentzon and Jacob Hirdwall (who is also dramaturg and the founder of Bergman Studio). The roundtable discussion is a collaboration with New Play Exchange, National New Play Network, Dramatists Guild and Theatre Washington.
A fully staged reading of 'The Woman Who Turned Into A Tree' by Swedish Lisa Langseth and scenes from 'AirBnB Baby' by Finnish Hilkka-Liisa Iivanainen and Salla Viikka. The plays presented are read in English, and the readings are free to the public.
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Readings and talk back starts at 7 pm.
'The Woman Who Turned Into A Tree'
By Lisa Langseth, translated by Rochelle Wright.
About the play
Woman Who Turned into a Tree is a story about the young woman Dafne. Dafne works as a night club hostess, she is fixated on appearance and social hierarchies and does everything to hide that she actually comes from a real working-class environment. When Dafne loses her place to stay in town and is forced to move to a deserted suburb next to a forest, a tree outside her window begins to talk to her. The Woman Who Turned into a Tree is a cross between today’s tough social reality and the world of mythical saga. It is a funny and tragic story of loneliness; what happens when you have lost contact with one’s innermost self and suddenly reach the outskirts of reality… for better or worse.
About the playwright
Lisa Langseth is a playwright and director from Sweden. Her other plays include Klimax and Pleasure, both produced by the Swedish Royal Dramatic Theater. She is the screenwriter and director of the feature films Pure, Hotel and Euphoria, all starring Alicia Vikander. She has worked with renowned actresses such as Noomi Rapace, Charlotte Rampling and Eva Green. Lisa Langseth was awarded the 2010 Guldbagge Award for best screenplay (the Swedish equivalent of the Oscar) for her work on Pure, a screen adaptation of Beloved, and a nomination for best director.
By Hilkka-Liisa Iivanainen and Salla Viikka, translated by Nely Keinänen.
About the play
Introducing AirBnBaby: a state-of-the-art technology company for the new age, specializing in innovative services for all digital platforms, and ready to meet the needs of the urban family. Following the previous success of MyMom and MyDad, a made-to-order part-time parenting experience for anyone who just needs a bit of pampering in the unforgiving world of the big city, the company is about to launch its latest concept: MyBaby, a part-time child to suit the parenting needs of the busy, urban worker – all on your own terms! No more sleepless nights or feeling like a bad parent. MyBaby helps you realize your nesting needs without feeling guilty! AirBnBaby is a fictional, satirical, laugh-out-loud black comedy about startup culture, the changing expectations of the urban family, and whether you can truly have it all.
About the playwrights
Salla Viikka is a Finnish playwright known for her witty and sharp plays filled with black humour and absurd events. After studying and working in graphic design, creative writing soon took over. She received her Master’s degree in drama and dramaturgy in 2015 from the Theatre Academy in Helsinki. Salla’s visual arts background has left clear traces in her writing: her plays are often filled with strong imagery and complex symbolism. Many of her plays deal with the topics of work, gender, ageing and multiple realities. She is interested in juxtaposing the everyday events of human existence with big cosmic questions, often with a tragicomic, sci-fi outcome. Her play “Aukko” (“Gaping Hole”) won the 2015 Lea Award for Best Play of the Year. Her plays have been translated into English, Swedish, Danish and German. Salla Viikka works and resides in Helsinki, Finland. She is represented by The Nordic Drama Corner.
Hilkka-Liisa (Hili) Iivanainen is a stage director, writer, and curator from Helsinki, Finland. Her primary interest is in intersectionality in drama and contemporary theater. She has directed numerous productions by Scandinavian playwrights, co-written new plays, and adapted Nordic classics in Finland and in international theater venues and festivals. In 2017, Hili received a 5-year Artist Grant from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. She is one of the artistic directors for Tampere Theatre Festival in Finland. Hili holds an MA in Directing from the Theatre Academy of Finland, and a BFA from Chicago College of Performing Arts.
THE BERGMAN STUDIO is part of the prestigious Dramaten, the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, led by playwright and dramaturg Jacob Hirdwall and esteemed Swedish actress and director Lena Endre, under the advisement of Eva Bergman. The Bergman Theatre seeks to expand on the artistic values of famed director and writer Ingmar Bergman.
THE BERGMAN STUDIO & DRAMATEN/THE ROYAL DRAMATIC THEATRE IN SWEDEN, Svante Bergströms Teaterstiftelse, Swedish Arts Council, Stiftelsen B A Danelii, Columbine Teaterförlag, Nordic Drama Corner, Nordiska ApS.
For more information: https://satcnyc.org/nordicstage; https://www.dramaten.se/bergmanstudio/bergman-studio-english/