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Akvavit Theatre Presents Finnish play "Kokkola" by Leea Klemola in translation by Nina Sallinen. @ Rivendell Theatre July 2012

Akvavit needs your help to secure the funds to launch our upcoming production of "Kokkola"...

So if you like any of the following: Finland, nordic countries, edgy theater, Chicago storefront theater, seals, actors, actresses, directors, naked men, Akvavit Theatre, air conditioned theaters in July, a cast member or designer involved in "Kokkola", a company member of Akvavit Theatre, good looking ladies, men playing women, fake babies, ice, snow, cold, cold beer, vodka, alcohol, or twins...WELL THEN THIS, MY FRIEND, IS THE PROJECT TO BACK!!! 

Every dollar helps, even $5 or $10 can go a long way and we say "Kiitos" (Thank you in Finnish) for your support and consideration.

Akvavit Theatre presents the US Premiere of


By Leea Klemola In Translation by Nina Sallinen

Directed by Chad Eric Bergman

Featuring: Bergen Anderson, Kirstin Franklin, Joe Giovannetti, Jordan Gryzbowski, Joshua Harris, David Kravitz, Julie Mitre, Breahan Pautsch, and Colin Reeves

At the Rivendell Theatre

5775 N Ridge Ave

Chicago, IL 60660

• Previews:   July 12, 13 

• Opening:    July 14 @ 7:30PM

• Run:          July 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, August 2, 3, 4 @ 7:30PM

                    July 15, 22, 29, August 5 @ 2:30PM 

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Kokkola is a story about community—a saga about people who have only each other, whether they like it or not. It is an alcohol-infused mash-up of Northern Exposure and Fargo without any question of alcoholism. After the joke, when there is no longer any laughter, we see the naked truth…naked.  Kokkola is a plea for authentic Nordic sensibility, for a people with tango rhythm, silent perseverance staring into the vast void of both an interior and exterior landscape, who recoil at unnecessary contact, and who prefer to express their feelings with deeds rather than with words. It is not a play that tries to understand the cause of this mindset. It is cold and the dark drama of beauty, with a nasty sense of humor, full of warmth, and of the many possible ways to love without sex.

Kokkola premiered 12.10.2004 Tampere Theatre, in Tampere, Finland.  This is the US premiere.

Kokkola (Karleby in the Swedish language) is a town and municipality of Finland. The town is located in the province of Western Finland, on the north-eastern coast. It is situated within the coordinates 63° 49' 60 N and 23° 4' 60 E. The municipality has a population of 35,760 and covers an area of 332.44 km² of which 4.92 km² is water. The population density is 107.6 inhabitants per km². The municipality is bilingual with 81.2% being Finnish and 17.7% Swedish speakers.

Leea Klemola (born August 16 1965, Kokkola, Finland ) is a Finnish actor, director and playwright. Klemola has studied at the Theatre Academy, 1987-1991, and later taught acting. Klemola was the Artistic Director for the Sun Theatre from 1994 to 2003.


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