‘What’s On’ SATC NYC

  • Sarah Surgey
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  • 1st October 2015
  • Nordophile has been keeping in touch with our friends at the Scandinavian American Theater Company based in New York and wanted to share with you some very important upcoming events which are very much keeping Nordic theatre alive!   Kwasi Osei and Zenzele Cooper from SATC’s Off-Broadway production “Bastards of Strindberg”, photographer Kait Ebinger   […]




    Nordophile has been keeping in touch with our friends at the Scandinavian American Theater Company based in New York and wanted to share with you some very important upcoming events which are very much keeping Nordic theatre alive!

     

    Kwasi Osei and Zenzele Cooper from SATC’s Off-Broadway production “Bastards of Strindberg”, photographer Kait Ebinger

     

    Firstly, we spoke with one of the actors, Christiane Seidel (from Boardwalk Empire) and found out from her what it is like to be part of not only SATC in New York but the Nordic community as well.

     

    Photo credit Christopher St. George.

     

    How did you first become involved with SATC?

    As a half-Dane, I had excitedly been following SATC for a while and was quite impressed with their consistent body of work, especially since the company had only been around for a couple of years. While I was shooting Boardwalk Empire, our casting director Meredith Tucker had asked me if I could recommend any Norwegian men for a role she was casting. I reached out to Albert Bendix, SATC’s Co-Artistic Director and a fellow Dane, to see if he had any suggestions and we ended up meeting for coffee. We hit it off, kept in touch and this spring SATC reached out to me if I was interested in possibly becoming a member. Because this company doesn’t mess around, I even had to come in for an interview (a very nice one with coffee and Scandinavian cookies) with the entire company. Albert even skyped in from Denmark as he was on tour. Somehow I was able to prove myself worthy and now I’m responsible for Audience and Press Coordination.

     

    Have you seen an equal interest by both the Nordic and New York audience?

    Absolutely. SATC has a large audience following our productions, our SATContemporary Reading Series, and on our social media. For example, we have approximately 80-100 audience members per reading and that includes all ages of Scandinavians, Americans with Scandinavian roots, and Americans with an interest in new Nordic theater and contemporary culture.

     

    Rikke Lylloff and Albert Bendix from SATC’s Off-Broadway production “Bastards of Strindberg”, photographer Kait Ebinger

     

    Nordic eateries are popping up all over New York and the attendance to exhibitions by Nordic artists is high. Do you feel Nordic drama productions is on the same level of acceptance?

    There is definitely a surge in interest in all things Nordic. Especially, since Scandinavian tv shows like The Killing, The Bridge, or Borgen as well as Scandinavian literature have become widely popular (in their original or their US remakes) and Scandinavian actors like Mads Mikkelsen, Joel Kinnaman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau or Birgitte Hjort Sørensen are being cast on American tv shows and films. We can feel that this definitely has an effect on the interest in what Scandinavian storytelling looks like on stage. Especially, when we’re inviting some of these actors to join us for readings. However, contemporary Scandinavian plays and playwrights are still relatively unknown stateside. So with SATC we’re in an exciting position to be able to bring these plays to New York for the first time. In a sense we’re educating the New York audiences about their existence while filling that increasing interest in Scandinavian culture. There are so many edgy, interesting, and widely different plays that are a cultural representation of what Scandinavia is today. I might be biased, but I definitely feel that we’re approaching the same level of acceptance very fast.

     

    Finally, you are performing a couple of  readings for SATC, can you tell us a bit about what we can expect.

    Our audience is definitely in for a fun (and free!) evening. We’ll have wine, guest actors and we’ll have up-and-coming playwright Marius Leknes Snekkevåg flying in from Norway. Our readings always take place at the beautiful Scandinavia House on Park Avenue. We’ll be presenting two short plays from Marius – one dramatic and one comedic. There’ll be a short Q&A with everyone and usually, we go out for drinks at a nearby bar, which is fun as we get a chance to chat with our audience. Personally, I’m extra excited as this will be my first time performing for SATC.

     

    Readings by

    Marius Leknes Snekkevåg (playwright, reading #1 on Oct 5, Norwegian plays)

    Courtesy of SATC

    Christiane Seidel (actress, reading #1 on Oct 5, Norwegian plays). www.christianeseidel.com

     

    Tomas Lagermand Lundme (playwright, reading #2 on Nov 9, Danish play “The Sauna”).

    Courtesy of SATC

    What’s On

    We’ll be kicking off our upcoming season with a new concept called “Shows in Development”. Here we invite audiences to follow and experience our process of creating an off-Broadway production at an early stage to give our audience the opportunity to ask questions and bring their thoughts to the table. The first show in development is titled “The Remember Me Project” and our first audience interaction will be on Sept 21, 2015 at 7:30pm with a pre-reception at 7:00pm. The play we’re working on is titled “Remember Me” (original title “Muista minut”) by Finnish writer Minna Nurmelin.

    We’re also continuing with our popular SATContemporary Reading Series. This is the sixth season of the series where we present five staged readings – one from each of the Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The readings are one-night-only events, free to the public.

    The first reading will be on Oct 5, 2015 presenting two plays by the Norwegian playwright Marius Leknes Snekkevåg: “I Love You, Let Me Go” and “We Are The Voice of Our People”.

    The second reading will be on Nov 9, 2015 introducing Danish playwright Tomas Lagermand Lundme and his play “The Sauna”. For this reading, we’ll also have a guest star (TBA) joining us.

    The dates for the remaining readings are Jan 25, 2016, Feb 29, 2016, and May 2, 2016. We’re currently in the process of deciding on the individual plays.

    All our readings and “Show in Development” projects take place at Scandinavia House (http://www.scandinaviahouse.org/ at 58 Park Avenue, 10016 NYC) at 7:30pm with a 7:00pm pre-reception.

    In 2016, we’ll present the US-premiere of Norwegian playwright Arne Lygre’s play “Then Silence” as an Off-Broadway production.

    Head over to satcnyc.org to find out more
    Featured image Full cast from SATC’s Off-Broadway production “Bastards of Strindberg”, photographer Kait Ebinger
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    Scandinavian American Theater Company

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  • 1st June 2015
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    Nordophile heard about the Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) in New York, who were not only producing top quality theatre productions which were truly making an impact and creating a buzz, but were also strengthening ties between the Scandinavian and American communities. We spoke with Albert Bendix to find out more. Scandinavian American Theater Company […]




    Nordophile heard about the Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC) in New York, who were not only producing top quality theatre productions which were truly making an impact and creating a buzz, but were also strengthening ties between the Scandinavian and American communities. We spoke with Albert Bendix to find out more.

    Scandinavian American Theater Company SATC is a New York City-based not-for-profit theater company founded on April 14th 2009 to provide Scandinavian perspectives that examine and challenge the cultural status quo through a new generation of Scandinavian playwrights and theater artists. They present contemporary plays and inventive takes on the classics from the Nordic region, including Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands. In 2012, the company was awarded the American Scandinavian Society’s Honorary Grant for their “very ambitious work to promote Scandinavian culture in New York”.

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    They are committed to strengthening the relationship between Scandinavia and the United States through collaborations and interdisciplinary artistic exchange. We have accomplished an unparalleled engagement with over 250 theater artists including playwrights, translators, directors, actors, designers, composers, stage managers and more. As of June 2014, 43% of these artists were Scandinavians, 49% were Americans and 8% from the rest of the world.

    SATC has grown at a rate few other independent theater companies in New York could only dream. As a small company with limited financial resources, they have managed to present 8 new plays and more than 25 readings in their first 5 seasons. They believe that SATC brings something unique and vital to New York City: A new cultural theater hybrid that speaks to the audience of the 21st century and which takes the forefront in the development of the Nordic performing arts in the United States.

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    OFF-BROADWAY

    In an exciting development, SATC moved from Off-Off-Broadway to Off-Broadway in celebrating their 5th-year anniversary with the critically acclaimed Bastards of Strindberg at Theatre Row on 42nd Street. The show was an important step for them in offering a true fusion of Swedish and American playwrights inspired by a classic piece of modern theater. SATC’s next Off-Broadway production will premiere winter 2015/16

    THE PLAY CLUB

    The Play Club is SATC’s most recent venture into creating a community of theater lovers and creators: An online forum for people with a shared passion for new Scandinavian plays to exchange thoughts and opinions. Every other month a translated contemporary Scandinavian play will be available as a free download for the Play Club Members. They hope the Play Club will engage the SATC community to become more actively involved in the SATContemporary Reading Series, and give the playwrights a chance to showcase their work and expand on their international following. To become a member of the Play Club, please email your full name and city/country of residence to: playclub@satcnyc.org

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    SATC ON TOUR

    SATC would like to expand on the bridge we have created between American and Nordic culture. They will continue to produce Off-Broadway productions in New York City but at the same time strive to get these productions on tour in Scandinavia and the rest of the United States. In order to achieve this vision, SATC wishes to partner with organizations and companies that share the same passion for intercultural exchange. If you would like to collaborate with and/or invite SATC to perform at your theater, please contact SATC’s co-artistic director Albert Bendix albert@satcnyc.org

    A NORDIC THEATER IN NEW YORK

    One of SATC’s long term goals is a theater to call home in New York City: A residency at an established theater, or financial assistance to run a building as our own. A Nordic theater would be financially practical as we would save on costly production expenses. Additionally, SATC would be able to host Nordic theaters from abroad where together we can build our community and serve as a cultural platform, producing the best of Nordic culture for audiences from all over the world.

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    READING SERIES

    SATContemporary Reading Series consists of five staged readings that take place throughout the year. One contemporary play is chosen from each Scandinavian country, introducing our audience to a new generation of Nordic playwrights. The reading series is co-presented by Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, where the readings also take place. The plays are read in English and the readings are free to the public. SATContemporary Reading Series has continued to grow with more than 450 audience members attending the 4th season. If you wish to submit or suggest a play for the reading series please email SATC’s literary director Vanessa Johansson: vanessa@satcnyc.org.

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    Playwrights presented in the reading series: Alexander Bodin Saphir, Andreas Boonstra, Anna Krogerus, Arne Lygre, Bjarni Jónsson, David Bar Katz, Dominique Morisseau, Fredrik Brattberg, Hávar Sigurjónsson, Jacob Hirdwall, Jokum Rohde, Jón Atli Jónasson, Jon Fosse, Jonas Hassen Khemiri, Juha Lehtola, Kari Hotakainen, Laura Ruohonen, Lina Ekdahl, Maria Tryti Vennerød, Minna Nurmelin, Pasi Lampela, Petter S. Rosenlund, Rhea Leman, Richard Hobert, Sofia Fredén, Thomas Markmann, Thor Bjørn Krebs, Thorvaldur Thorsteinsson and Vera Näsström

    www.satcnyc.org

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