Photo Flash: First Look at Akvavit Theatre's HITLER ON THE ROOF, Opening Tonight

Chicago's Akvavit Theatre presents the U.S. premiere of Rhea Leman's wild black comedy HITLER ON THE ROOF, a play for two clowns starring Amy Gorelow and Jay Torrence. Co-directed by Co-Artistic Director Kirstin Franklin* and Associate Amber Robinson*, HITLER ON THE ROOF will play a limited engagement now through July 9, 2017 at the new Strawdog Theatre Company, 1802 W. Berenice in Chicago. The press opening is tonight, June 22, and BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

This prescient 2011 Danish play finds the Nazi propagandist Dr. Joseph Goebbels (Amy Gorelow) and filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl (Jay Torrence) doomed to a perpetual afterlife in which to confront their pasts. Locked deep down inside the present day Führerbunker, the two engage in cunning feats of denial, manipulation and pure slapstick.

Written during an alarming rise of Danish Nationalism in 2011, this play is a timely reminder of the consequences of selling lies as truth and propaganda as art. A favorite of audiences and critics alike, HITLER ON THE ROOF's original production toured Denmark for two years with the company Folketeatret, winning the prestigious Reumert award for Best Leading Actress. The English language version is scheduled to tour Europe in 2017.

The production team for HITLER ON THE ROOF includes: Chad Eric Bergman* (set design), Piper Hubbell Robinson (costume design), Emma Deane (lighting design), Nigel Harsch* (sound designer), Letitia Guillaud (properties design), Susan Fay (choreography), Rick Gilbert (violence design), Sammy Grant (dialect coach), Madelyn Loehr (production manager), Mark Litwicki* (technical director), Bernadette Hagen (technician) and Margaret Bystrek (stage manager).

Tickets are currently available at chicagonordic.org.

Photo Credit: Karl Clifton-Soderstrom



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