Photo Flash: Akvavit Theatre Presents the U.S. Premiere of BAD GIRLS: THE STYLISTS
Akvavit Theatre is pleased to present the U.S. premiere of the madcap Danish comedy BAD GIRLS: The Stylists by Astrid Saalbach, translated by Michael Evans and directed by Co-Artistic Director Breahan Pautsch, playing March 21 - April 14, 2018 at the new Strawdog Theatre Company, 1802 W. Berenice in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at chicagonordic.org.
In this black comedy, five women play 28 characters as they work through the absurdities and trials of trying to be a "good girl" in modern society: a professional success, a perfect mother, the right kind of feminist. BAD GIRLS: The Stylists follows four hairstylists in a salon, trying to grow their business in a competitive field. In a series of hilarious and tragic scenes, The Stylists lend their ears and their scissors to a parade of customers. They make up their hair, their faces, and give shape to the stories about who they are. But with the arrival of a mysterious stranger, life in the salon starts to get complicated - and dangerous. As the women's stories begin to unravel, the play examines what we owe to ourselves and each other, the difficulty of forming true connections, and all the ways in which we fail.
BAD GIRLS: The Stylists is a Danish comedy about four hair stylists and one peculiar patron, mysteriously named "A." Five actors play 28 roles in this madcap dark comedy that examines the intersection of identity and appearance, what it means to be female, and the creative process.
The production team for BAD GIRLS: The Stylists includes: Chad Eric Bergman* (scenic design), Lily Walls (costume design), David Goodman-Edberg (lighting design), Nigel Harsch (sound design), Hillarie Shockley (props design), Rick Gilbert and Victor Bayona (violence/intimacy design) Keith Ryan (hair/wig design), Lindsay Tornquist (asst. director), Harrison Ornelis (technical director) and Hannah Harper-Smith (stage manager).
Photos by Karl Clifton-Soderstrom.
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Kim Boler, Kirstin Franklin and Madelyn Loehr
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