“A black theatre pearl, one of the best shows of this year”─Weekendavisen, Denmark
A mercy killing? Who gets to decide?
In 1939, a German couple spurns their irreparably impaired baby and asks the Nazi government to euthanise the infant. Fast forward to recent times when prenatal screening means the parents’ dilemma is whether such a youngster should even be born. Different eras, similar plight. Who and what can really determine when another’s life is worth living? Staged in Oslo, Copenhagen, London and New York, Kinder K’s Asian debut is presented in the form of play-reading, shedding light on the text itself to bring home the moral ambiguity of this social development.
Kristofer Blindheim Grønskag
Albert Bendix, Lisa Bearpark & Kwasi Osei
Kristofer Blindheim Grønskag
A Norwegian playwright who made his debut in 2009 with The Beloved, Kristofer Blindheim Grønskag has since written plays for children, youths and adults. His work has so far been translated into 11 languages, and has been nominated and won several awards. In 2012 The Beloved won the Amsterdam Fringe Bronze Award, and in 2017 the Nordic Radio Drama Prize. Satellites in the Night Sky was longlisted for the 2016 Deutscher Kindertheaterpreis, nominated for the 2019 National Ibsen Prize, and awarded the 2018 Jugendtheaterpreis Baden-Württemberg . Counting to Zero was longlisted for the 2018 Deutscher Jugendtheaterpreis, and nominated for that year’s National Ibsen Award. Kinder K was awarded second place at the 2012 Norwegian Theatre Council’s Playwriting Competition, and has been staged in Oslo, Copenhagen and London. Other titles include Hubris, Corrections and The Sound and the Fury. Kristofer has been playwright-in-residence at the Norwegian Centre for New Playwriting, and a Norwegian representative at the European Writers Lab. He is currently playwright-in-residence at Haugesund Teater.
Having worked extensively both in New York and abroad as a theatre artist since 1995, Zishan Ugurlu is an actress and director-in-residence at La MaMa and Great Jones Repertory Company. She is currently working on two directorial projects: Music Room by John Runowicz where she works with ex-convicts to talk about the prison system in America; Fragments, Lists, and Lacuna written by Alexandra Chasin featuring Judith Butler. Recently, she was given the Best Direction Award for Yu Ling Wu’s solo performance Dream American by the 2018 United Solo Theater Festival. She is the founding artistic director of Actors without Borders-ITONY, an ensemble-based theatre company committed to introducing well-known, highly-regarded yet rarely-produced international playwrights to American audiences. A graduate from Columbia University with an MFA and a PhD, she is currently teaching at The New School for Liberal Arts, Eugene Lang College as an Associate Professor. She is the recipient of the prestigious Fox Foundation Fellowship granted by Theater Communications Group.
Co-founder & Artistic Director of the Scandinavian American Theater Company (SATC). 10 years ago, Albert Bendix had the idea for SATC because he thought contemporary Scandinavian plays were underrepresented in the United States. The SATC has since presented 14 theatre productions, 2 festivals and 53 readings in New York, and toured Connecticut and Washington D.C.
Albert was born in Denmark in 1972 and has been a New Yorker since 2006. He graduated as an actor from the Danish National School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen (1994–98) and later from Esper Studio in New York (2006–08). He has starred in over 45 theatre productions, TV series and films.
A Swedish-American actress currently living in Stockholm. Before moving to Stockholm, Lisa Bearpark had lived in New York for 13 years, where she co-founded SATC in 2008 and acted as Co-Artistic Director until 2013. Lisa has acted in many SATC productions and play-readings. Highlights include the company’s inaugural show, Miss Julie as well as Pinocchio’s Ashes and Home Sweet Home. She has also appeared in several films and TV series in Sweden, including sci-fi movie Tangent Room, which recently toured festival circuits worldwide, and romantic comedy It’s All About Love. Lisa received her BA from Columbia University in New York. While continuing to act in Sweden, she is currently pursuing a degree in Medicine at the Karolinska Institute. She has recently rejoined SATC in delivering Kinder K to New York and Hong Kong audiences.
An actor-director from Denmark, Kwasi Osei received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He worked for many years as an art director in advertising and spearheaded both print and video campaigns before pursuing a career in acting. He has been a member of Scandinavian American Theater Company for over seven years heading the marketing department. Theatre credits include SATC’s Bastards of Strindberg and Then Silence, both staged at Theatre Row. Directorial credits for SATC include Thinking Time and Sandholm. Currently directing the web series MacDougal Street, he has appeared in projects directed by Oscar winner Sofia Coppola and BAFTA winner Joe Wright.
Studio Theatre,Hong KongCultural Centre
24.10 (Thu) 8pmSEAT PLAN
* Balcony access only.
Some seats may have restricted view
Approx 1 hr with no interval