Urinetown (in Danish: Tissebyen)
Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann, Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis, Danish translation by Mads Æbeløe Nielsen
Produced by Fredericia Teater, Denmark
April 2019 – May 2019
I directed a production of Urinetown in Danish (!!!) at the amazing Fredericia Teater in Fredericia, Denmark. We did the show with a cast of only ten actors, so the actors all played multiple roles, and were constantly quick-changing backstage. It was hilarious and amazing theater magic.
If you ever have the chance, I recommend spending time in Denmark - it is a beautiful and welcoming country. And while you’re there, head to Fredericia and catch a show. Fredericia Teater is doing extraordinary work.
And if you’re curious how an English speaker might direct a show in a language she doesn’t understand, it helped that the actors and production and design team all speak English, so that’s how we communicated, and I had a back-translation of the script to work from.
Photos by Søren Malmose, Set Design by Nevena Prodanovic, Lighting Design by Martin Jensen, and Costume Design by Anna Juul Holm, Choreography by Kim Ace Nielsen.
I won’t include press quotes for this one, because they’re all in Danish, but if you’re interested and know Danish, email me, and I’ll pass them along!
Fredericia Teater has a whole video department, and they make amazing vlog and other promo videos for their shows. All the links are below, and they are also all in Danish, but they have some great production footage, and also, you get to hear some of the score of Urinetown in Danish, which is super fun!