Nordic Spirit 2014: December 12-14

Akvavit Theatre will be bringing its Nordic Spirit festival of staged readings to The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee, for 2014. Featuring contemporary work from all five Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland), the festival will begin on Friday, December 12 and continue through Sunday, December 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
Tentative Schedule:

Friday, December 12

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.

Opening February 13: Blue Planet
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The U.S. premiere of Blue Planet, by Andri Snær Magnason (based on his own award-winning children's book The Story of the Blue Planet) will be directed by Akvavit company member Wm. Bullion (dir.: A Summer’s Day), and will open February 13,
2015 and run through March 15 at the DCASE Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph in Chicago.

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.
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