THE FROZEN ON THE SQUARE (1982)
By Lucas Svensson (Sweden)
World-premiere translation by Chad Eric Bergman*
Directed by Breahan Eve Pautsch*
October 9 – November 9, 2014 at the Den Theatre, Chicago

Cast: Bergen Anderson*, Rob Cramer, Elyse Dawson, Andrew Fortman, Paulette Hicks, Mark Litwicki, Melissa Reeves, Ben Schlotfelt, Jordon Scott Johnson, Dan Wilson
Production Team: Chad Eric Bergman*, Catherine Connelly, Maggie Fullilove-Nugent, Jeffrey Levin, Christina Marcantonio, Krista Mickelson, Sarah Nelson*, Breahan Pautsch, Alan Weusthoff

*Denotes Akvavit Theatre company members at the time of production

In this U.S. premiere, Ingmar Bergman returns like a force of nature to his small provincial Swedish hometown to film his masterpiece Fanny & Alexander. Four locals, extras in the film but principals in this existential comedy, struggle to escape the long shadow their brief encounter with the cinematic master's crowning achievement casts over their lives.

 

“It’s the cast’s ability to play the prismatic, often meta-theatrical script with just the right balance of archness and sincerity that makes Akvavit’s production intriguing, moving and entertaining” —Megan Powell, Time Out Chicago (✭✭✭✭)