A Swedish playwright recreates the lives of
*an audacious entrepreneurial saint (Birgitta),
*an unruly queen with an inquiring mind (Kristina),
*an itinerant missionary for gender justice (Fredrika Bremer),
*the world’s first woman Nobel Prize winner for literature
(Selma Lagerlöf), and others as well.
At 7 pm, on Tuesday, November 9, 2004,
At Deutsches Haus, 420 W. 116th St., N.Y.C.
Cecilia Sidenbladh is a Swedish dramatist who enjoys writing about people of the past and often focuses on women’s issues. She made her debut as a dramatist in 1992 with a study of the Stockholm witch trials of the 1670s and several of her plays deal with the 19th century feminist C.J. L. Almqvist, whose writing career is the subject of her doctoral dissertation. Dr. Sidenbladh has also published a number of historical novels and several children’s books. In honor of the 700th birthday of St. Birgitta, Dr. Sidenbladh wrote a play entitled Djävulens advokat (The Devil’s Advocate, produced for the anniversary celebration) and a children’s book, Birgitta, Birgitta! Her one-act play Isjungfrun (The Ice Maiden), based on the diaries of Victoria Benedictsson, was presented at Columbia University’s Deutsches Haus on November 3, 2000, and at the Strindberg Museum in Stockholm August 13-25, 2002.
Sponsored by the Swedish Program with the assistance of SWEA-New York, the Swedish Consulate of New York, and the American-Scandinavian Foundation.