the unmarried woman

The unmarried woman is a densely packed piece of theatre. Not only is it highly stylized, but the material itself hits on a wide range of subject matters. It goes through women’s prisons after the war, a mother taking care of her daughter as well as her own mother, dementia, deferred guilt, a sexual fetish, and army deserters.

Dramaturg Sarah Kroth

Read More

Ehemalige deutsche Ostgebiete

Ehemalige deutsche Ostgebiete

In Trash Story, we see the world of a divided society through the eyes of a young girl. We see that the violence and discrimination, specifically of Polish people who are living on what was once German land, is still very prevalent and can affect the lives of so many people.

By Dramaturgy Cassie Scaman

Read More

Our Partner's Work: Akvavit Theatre Presents the U.S. Premiere of NOTHING OF ME


By Arne Lygre

Directed by Chad Eric Bergman & Breahan Eve Pautsch

March 3 – April 3, 2016


Chicago’s Akvavit Theatre is pleased to present the U.S. premiere of Norwegian playwright Arne Lygre’s drama NOTHING OF ME, co-directed by company members Chad Eric Bergman* and Breahan Eve Pautsch*, playing March 3 – April 3, 2016 at Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. in Chicago. Tickets go on sale Sunday, February 14, 2016 The press opening is Saturday, March 5 at 8 pm.


NOTHING OF ME will feature company members Bergen Anderson* and Kirstin Franklin* with Paul S. Holmquist and Dan Wilson.


Arne Lygre’s new play NOTHING OF ME is a post-modern ghost story. Not long after an unspeakable tragedy, a wife and mother walks away from her entire life for a new relationship with a much younger man. Is she moving on towards a bright new life, or is she sinking deeper into self-destruction? In a playful yet haunting style, Lygre delves into the bond of love, its force and its dead-ends, using ruthlessly telltale dialogue. The play warns us of the danger we are all guilty of when we imprison others within our expectations, through the very love we feel for them.


For additional information, visit




Playwright: Arne Lygre

Directors: company members Chad Eric Bergman* and Breahan Eve Pautsch

Cast: company members Bergen Anderson* (Me) and Kirstin Franklin* (Person) with Paul S. Holmquist (Ex) and Dan Wilson (He).

 Location: Signal Ensemble Theatre, 1802 W. Berenice Ave., Chicago

Dates: Previews: Thursday, March 3 at 8 pm and Friday, March 4 at 8 pm.

Press performance: Saturday, March 5 at 8 pm

Regular run: Sunday, March 6 – Sunday, April 3, 2015

Curtain Times:  Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 3 pm.

Tickets: Previews: $10. Regular Run: $20. Students/seniors $15. Industry $10 on Thursdays and Sundays). Tickets go on sale Sunday, February 14, 2016


*Denotes Akvavit Theatre company members.


About the Playwright

Arne Lygre made his debut in 1998 with the play Mother and Me and Men. Since then he has written six other plays, which has been staged and published in countries around the world. Man Without Purpose was directed by Claude Régy at Odeon Théâtre in Paris in 2007/08. I Disappear, premiered at La Colline Théâtre National in November 2011, directed by Stéphane Braunschweig. For his short stories collection, In Time, he received the prestigious Norwegian literary award Brageprisen in 2004. He has also written two novels, A Last Face and My Dead Man, which both was very well recieved by the critics. He was awarded the literary award Mads Wiels Nygaards’ Legacy in 2010.


About the Directors


Chad Eric Bergman actively collaborates in the Chicago Storefront scene having worked with Stage Left, Live Bait, Chicago Dramatists, MPAACT, parker, Plasticene and Akvavit in various artistic ways. He has been an artist in residence at the Ragdale Foundation and the University of Chicago’s Summer Incubator. He spent a year in Finland on a Fulbright exploring bilingual theatre. At North Park University, he has been developing a theatre curriculum that is based on the Chicago Storefront Theatre model.


Breahan Eve Pautsch has been working in Chicago as an actor and director since 2003. As a director, she has worked with Akvavit, Raven Theatre, The International Voices Project, Hobo Junction Productions, Full Voice Productions, Mudgeonsoul Cinema and Stockyards Theatre Project.

As an actor, she has worked with various theatre companies including Akvavit, Hobo Junction Productions, Halcyon Theatre Company, Chicago ScriptWorks and The Side Project. On film, Breahan has worked with Mudgeonsoul Cinema, Full Voice Productions and Butcher's Son Films. She is originally from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and earned her BA in Theatre and English at UW-Madison


Akvavit Theatre is a new voice in the Chicago theatre scene. Taking as our inspiration the striking landscapes of the five Nordic countries—harnessing the force of the glacier, in its powerful seeming stillness, the volcano, in its sudden white-hot eruption, and the arctic silence in between—we strive to find the universal through the voices of the Nordic world. This is our contribution to the American mosaic. And like our namesake drink, Akvavit brings a “strong spirit” to the plays, workshops and events that we produce. Skål, Skál, Kippis! For additional information, visit

Our Partner's Work: Medea’s Got Some Issues

The Chicago Theater Sweatshop presents Medea's Got Some Issues, "killer, witty, hilarious" take on Euripides' Medea.

Written and Directed by Emilio Williams, author of TABLES AND BEDS (IVP 2011)

Plot: The tragedy of Medea reinvented as a laugh-out-laugh farce? More than 2,400 years after the premiere of her play, Medea, in person, presents, without inhibitions, the mitigating and sordid factors surrounding her infamous case: from the sexual haste of her husband, Jason, to the misogynistic and xenophobic environment of classical Corinth. “Don’t you laugh, this shit is serious.” The play is both a madcap parody and a tribute to Euripidesʼ classic tragedy.

February 25th-March 25th, 2016 at 7:30pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Stage 773

Buy Tickets Now!

You can read more about our friend, playwright/Director Emillio Williams, in this article.

Our Partner's Work: Ziryab, the Songbird of Andalusia

A World Premiere from Silk Road Rising

Written by Ronnie Malley
Directed by Anna C. Bahow

We are so proud of our friends at Silk Road Rising, as well as Associate Artistic Director of IVP, Ronnie Malley, and repeat director, Anna C. Bahow, for their brilliant work! Only 4 performances left of this incredible show and two are sold out. 

"[Ronnie Malley] transforms from emir to courtier to slave just as the chameleonic Ziryab doubtless would have done a millennium ago. Chronicling the life of the refugee, exile, wanderer and idealist, 'Ziryab' makes Malley a medium for cultural resolution then and now."

-Irene Hsiao, Newcity Stage

Take an enchanting musical journey back to 9th century Islamic Spain with Muslim American musical impresario Ronnie Malley. Arabic music, poetry, and songs breathe life into the story of Ziryab, a former slave whose musical abilities brought him fame throughout Al-Andalus: a land where Christians, Jews and Muslims co-existed for over seven centuries and created a unique and diverse society.

Performance Schedule:
Friday, February 26 at 8:00pm
Saturday, February 27 at 4:00pm SOLD OUT & 8:00pm
Sunday, February 28 at 4:00pm SOLD OUT



February 15, 2015 - March 2, 2015

International Voices Project (IVP) is proud to present the sixth season of play readings by playwrights from around the world. The series is presented in collaboration with consulates and cultural institutions throughout Chicago. The 2015 engagement's represented countries include India, Canada, Sweden, Cuba, Syria, Norway, Poland and Chile. A reception follows each evening's readings. 

February 15:  India
Gopal Sharman's Ramayana
Rama, the prince of Ayodha, is exiled to the forest, but after many adventures he discovers that his wife has been abducted by Ravana, the king of demons, and Rama needs the help of Hanuman and his army of monkeys to rescue her. 

February 16: Canada
Daniel Maclovr's Best Brothers
A bittersweet comedy from one of Canada's most beloved playwrights that explores the many ways in which we grieve and the love we find in unexpected places. Bunny Best has met her unfortunate end after a mishap at a Gay Days parade. Now her two sons, Kyle and Hamilton, have the task of arranging her funeral and caring for her most beloved companion, a troublesome Italian greyhound named Enzo. In the bustle of obituary-writing, eulogy-giving, and dog-sitting, sibling rivalry quickly reaches its peak and years of buried contentions surface.

February 17: Sweden
Jonas Hassen Khemiri's We Are a Hundred
In Khemiri's third play we meet a trio of women: A young revolutionary, a middle-aged comfort junkie and an old truth seeker. Three persons who,in their fight to define themselves, realize that they are the same person. Join Jonas Hassen Khemiri's unpredictable world where everyone fights to define the meaning of the word "we." 

February 22: Cuba
Laura Liz Gil Echenique's The Walruses
The essential desire to share genuine intimacy compels lovers to stumble toward one another in an eternal dance as basic as breathing, revealing that we can be as authentic as the rest of the creatures of the earth, who have much to teach us, if only we could listen. 

February 23: Syria
Mohammad al-Attar's A Chance Encounter
Glimpse the human side of the current Syrian conflict through the unique artistic voice of this playwright, drama practitioner, and commentator who has been chronicling the rapid transformations taking place in his homeland since 2011. In Al-Attar's short play A Chance Encounter, a simple interaction on a Beirut street corner draws us into a mire of Syrian politics and alliances. 

February 24: Norway
Arne Lygre's Nothing of Me
The new play is the story of a passion gradually convulsed by visiting ghosts from the past, and by the risk at which the characters are from one another. In a playful style Arne Lygre delves into the bond of love, its force and its dead-ends, using ruthlessly telltale dialogue. The play warns us of the danger we're at of imprisoning others within our expectations, through the very love we feel for them. 

March 1: Poland
Dorota Maslowska's No Matter How Hard We Try
No Matter How Hard We Try is literary phenomenon Dorota Masłowska's hilarious and devastating portrait of a schizophrenic post-communist Polish society divided against itself, buried under the weight of history, and torn between national pride and shame. With wildly inventive language and razor-sharp humor the play captures Poland's contemporary moment bringing together nouveau-riche media celebrities, the abject poor, phony artists, and disaffected youth all struggling to stay afloat in a toxic stew of commercialism, intergenerational confusion, Catholic nationalism, and idealized visions of Poland's tragic past.

Victory Gardens Biograph Theater

2433 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago, IL 60614