By Leea Klemola (Finland)
Translation by Nina Sallinen
Directed by Chad Eric Bergman
July 12 – August 5, 2012 at Rivendell Theater
Cast: Joshua Harris, Jordan Grzybowski, Joe Giovannetti, Colin Reeves, Daniel Lehner, Jim Poole, Kirstin Franklin*, Julie Mitre, David Kravitz, Breahan Pautsch, Bergen Anderson* and Tania Negron.
Production Team: Michael Massey, Maggie Fullilove-Nugent, Chad Eric Bergman*, Sarah Nelson*, Kristina Carr, Nigel Harsch
*Denotes Akvavit Theatre company members at the time of production
Kokkola is a story about community—a saga about people who have only each other, whether they like it or not. It is an alcohol-infused mash of Northern Exposure and Fargo. After the joke, when there is no longer any laughter, we see the naked truth… naked. It is cold and dark drama of beauty, with a nasty sense of humor, yet strangely full of warmth and of the many possible ways to love without sex.
"This is truly a unique and hilarious production. How blessed is Chicago to feature enough diversity to allow for a theatre company like Akvavit to produce nothing but contemporary Nordic plays? Brave the unusual and treat yourself to Kokkola for an evening, making certain to indulge in a shot of Svedka during intermission." —Keith Glab, Chicago Theater Beat
"Director Chad Eric Bergman’s Akvavit Theatre production easily marks one of the most unsettling, head-scratching, cringe-inducing shows I’ve seen in years. God bless him for it." —Dan Jakes, TimeOut Chicago
"...the extraordinary and daring thirteen-member ensemble cast brings it off extremely well." —Dennis Polkow, Newcity Stage