JUNE 22ND-JULY 9TH
The North American Premiere of
HITLER ON THE ROOF
by RHEA LEMAN
Kirstin Franklin and Amber Robinson
Amy Gorelow and Jay Torrence
1802 W. Berenice Chicago, IL 60613
Akvavit Theatre presents the US premiere of Hitler on the Roof by Rhea Leman, a play for two clowns. This prescient 2011 Danish play finds the Nazi propagandist Dr. Joseph Goebbels and filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl doomed to a perpetual afterlife in which to confront their pasts. Locked deep down inside the present day Führerbunker, the two engage in cunning feats of denial, manipulation, and pure slapstick.
Written during an alarming rise of Danish Nationalism in 2011, this play is a timely reminder of the consequences of selling Lies as Truth and Propaganda as Art. A favorite of audiences and critics alike, Hitler On The Roof’s original production toured Denmark for two years with the company Folketeatret, winning the prestigious Reumert award for Best Leading Actress.
The English language version is scheduled to tour Europe in 2017 and Akvavit is PROUD to present its US Premiere.