THEY DIED WHERE THEY LIED
By Sofia Fredén
Directed by Matthew Isler and Mark Litwicki
Translated by Edward Buffalo Bromberg
November 1 – December 1, 2013 at The Den Theatre
Cast: Mallory Nees, Brian Hoolahan, Pearl Paramadilok, Scott W. Anderson
Production Team: Matthew Isler*, Mark Litwicki*, Lauren Yarbrough, Bergen Anderson*, Chad Eric Bergman*, Michael Sater, Christina Marcantonio, Mikey Moran, Alan Weusthoff
*Denotes Akvavit Theatre company members at the time of production
A razor-sharp black comedy unfolds under the midnight sun of midsummer Sweden. Camping on the outskirts of town, burned-out couple Anna and Erik anesthetize themselves on boxed wine and replay their usual bitter arguments. Just as things begin to spin out of control, a pair of ragged berry-picking foreigners wander in from the woods.
Sofia Fredén's plays have been produced in most of the city and regional theaters in Sweden, as well as at the Royal Dramatic Theatre. In 2005, Fredén received the Critics Prize for Children and Youth Theatre, for three plays that played simultaneously at three different theaters; "Bara Barnet" (Only a Child), "Ruttet: a princess liv" (Rotten: The Life of a Princess) and "Solapan" (The Sun Monkey). Several of Fredén's plays are translated into other languages including French, German and English. Fredén is playwright in residence at Stockholm Stadsteatern and lives in Stockholm.
"RECOMMENDED... Amusingly deadpan, nicely mismatched...!"— Zac Thompson, Chicago Reader
"THREE STARS... Stinging honesty and far too much boxed wine!" — Gwen Purdom, Time Out Chicago
"They Died Where They Lied entertains as a cautionary tale about marrying booze, camping, and anger together!" — Katy Walsh, Chicago Now
One of "the nine best comedies in Chicago!" — Chicago Magazine