Forward began with a two-week sailing expedition in and around the fjords of the Svalbard archipelago, located halfway between Norway and the North Pole, with the Arctic Circle program. The play was developed over three years in the US and Norway. Collaborating artists include Tale Naess, dramaturg; Aggie Petersen (also known as Aggie Frost), composer; and Jennifer Vellenga, director.
The second play of The Arctic Cycle, Forward presents a poetic and humorous history of Norway, from the initial passion that drove explorer Fridtjof Nansen to the North Pole to our present-day anxiety over the rapidly changing climate. Woven through this history is the passionate love affair between Nansen and the character Ice. A blend of theatre, opera, and electropop music, the play progresses backwards from 2017 to 1893 and zeroes in on 40+ characters whose choices have unintended consequences that ripple through the generations.
Forward takes its title from Nansen’s ship Fram, the Norwegian word for “forward.”
Readings & Workshops
The Brick (Brooklyn, NY), 2017
Rådstua Teaterhus in collaboration with Hålogaland Teater (Norway), 2015
Akvavit Theatre (Chicago, IL), 2014
SoriaLab in collaboration with Ensemble Free Theater Norway (Norway), 2013
Kansas State University, 2013
Kansas State University, 2016