Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What's up with your show?

That's what a lot of people are asking me right now. Well, thanks for asking. Let me give you an update.

My theatre company, Akvavit Theatre, is fortunate to present Chicago premieres of 3 of Jon Fosse's plays: A Summer's Day, Autumn Dream, & Winter. This is a big deal. Jon Fosse is a contemporary Norwegian playwright who is well-known and frequently produced everywhere except the United States. He's never been produced to Chicago. We commissioned three new American translations and are producing the three plays as part of a triptych we're calling Gjenganger: 3 plays by Jon Fosse. I'm even in one of them. Hooray!

We've been in full-force fundraising mode and just launched our Kickstarter as a way to help raise money. There's a pretty sweet video so definitely check it out even if you can't give at this time. Just so you know, producing a full-length play in Chicago can cost anywhere between $10,000-50,000 (that's a storefront budget, not a Steppenwolf budget). That money goes to paying for rehearsal and performance space, hiring designers & crew, buying costumes and set materials, getting marketing materials, and so many other things. Most of us don't even get paid for the work that we do. If we do, we don't get paid much. Anyway, if you feel so inclined and are able to give, every dollar helps. Tusen takk! (that's Norwegian for thank you!)

We just started rehearsals for all three plays (with three directors and three casts) and will open February 28th! Stay tuned.

Just for fun, here is a promo pic for Winter (the play that I'm in).

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