Our current show is a big one. It's actually three short full-length plays that we're producing under one title: Gjenganger. The Norwegian playwright (Jon Fosse) has never been produced in Chicago. His plays have rarely been produced in the United States at all, which is peculiar since he is one of Europe's most produced living playwrights. A Summer's Day, Autumn Dream, and Winter are the three plays that comprise Gjenganger, and we're presenting them on a rotating schedule (two on Thursday - Saturday and all three on Sundays).
That's a lot of background, but I wanted to get the basics out there.
One of the biggest concerns for Akvavit (or any theatre company, really) is getting people in to see our work. Theatre isn't theatre without an audience. We (as theatre artists) do the work that we do for ourselves because it is fulfilling, but also because we want to share this work with others -- with you. This is definitely the case for Gjenganger. We, as artists, and you, as audiences, get to live in a world that is very different from ours. An an audience member, this is a chance for you to experience plays that you haven't had an opportunity to see before, in a style that may be very foreign to you. This is a chance for you to step outside the black box (if you will...) and try something new. Sounds pretty exciting, right?
You may love our production. You may be moved beyond words. You may not, and that's ok too. You might be somewhere in between. You don't have to like it, but I encourage you to experience Jon Fosse & our plays that make up Gjenganger. Come and support the artists on stage giving it their all. Support the artists who have worked so hard to create a new world for you including the director, the designers, the crew.
And to my close family and friends who haven't seen the show yet, this is very important work for me. I'm asking you to come and be a part of what I have spent so much of my time and energy with the last few months. Not every show is like this for me. I always have so much invested in this process of creating theatre, but this one is personal to me.
My friend and fellow Akvavit ensemble member, Mark Litwicki, posted some very thoughtful and moving words about our shows on Facebook this weekend. This is only a short excerpt, but it is the most meaningful to me.
I challenge you to "sit still long enough to feel the power of Jon Fosse's voice and our interpretation of it, to appreciate the deep meaning of silence, of the slow turn, of the way time wraps itself around us, of the way we try to hold onto each other even as we slip away."