Playwright: Kristofer Blindheim Grønskag
Translator: Neil Howard
Cast: Albert Bendix, Vanessa Johansson* and Sneha Raja
*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
About the play
Kinder K is a Norwegian play that questions the consequences of gene technology and what makes a life “worthy of living”. In 1939 Germany, Gerhard Herbert Kretschmar was born disabled. His parents, unable to bear the shame of their situation, are desperate for help from the government. 156 days later, Gerhard would become the first of thousands murdered by the Nazi regime’s Action T4 ‘mercy killings’. Today, He and She will have their first child. The fetal test shows that something is abnormal. They have the choice to end the pregnancy, but is a ‘sorting society’ really any different from T4?
About the playwright
Kristofer Blindheim Grønskag is a Norwegian playwright. He had his debut in 2009 with The Beloved, and has since written several plays for children, youth and adults. His work has so far been translated into ten languages. Kristofer has been nominated and won several awards for his work. In 2012 The Beloved won the Amsterdam Fringe Bronze Award, and in 2017 the Nordic Radio Drama Prize. Satellites in the Night Sky was shortlisted for the Deutsche Kindertheaterpreis 2016 and won the Baden-Württemberg Jugendtheaterpreis 2018. Counting to Zero was nominated for the National Ibsen Award 2018. Kinder K was awarded second place in the Norwegian Theatre Council’s playwrighting competition 2012, and has so far premiered in Oslo, Copenhagen and London. Other titles include Hubris, The Boy, Corrections and The Sound and the Fury. Kristofer has been playwright in residence at Norwegian Centre for New Playwriting and a Norwegian representative in European Writers Lab.
about the director
Zishan Ugurlu, director: Zishan has worked extensively both in New York and abroad as a theater artist since 1995. She is an actress and director-in-residence at La MaMa and Great Jones Repertory Company. She is currently working on two directing projects: Music Room by John Runowicz about the prison system in America and working with formerly incarcerated individuals and Fragments, Lists, and Lacuna written by Alexandra Chasin and featuring Judith Butler. She is a science fellow at Ligo Project working with Dan McCloskey Lab. She is the founding artistic director of “Actors without Borders-ITONY,” an ensemble-based theater company with a commitment to introduce well known and highly regarded but rarely produced international playwrights to American audiences. She graduated from Columbia University with a MFA degree and holds a Ph.D. She is currently teaching at Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts as an Associate Professor. She is the recipient of the prestigious Fox Foundation Fellowship granted by Theater Communications Group.
Kinder K is presented by arrangement with Songbird Teaterförlag