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The Danish Play

The Danish Play
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Sonja Mills
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 110
Pub. Date: 2004
ISBN-10: 0887547028
ISBN-13: 9780887547027

RARE BOOK, only a very limited number of copies are still available

About the Play:

The Danish Play is a full-length drama by Sonja Mills. Epic in scope yet an intimate biography, The Danish Play is a powerful story of one woman's fight for the liberty of her country, all of its citizens and the struggle for her own personal freedom.

The Danish Play is powerful and moving play about Nazi-occupied Denmark by the great-niece of one who survived it. Agnete Ottosen was one of Denmark's most honoured resistance fighters. When World War II broke out, she immediately joined the Resistance. Because of the efforts of Ottosen and others, 7,000 Jews – all but 200 of the country's population – were smuggled out of occupied Denmark. She was caught and tortured by the Gestapo but revealed nothing, managing to survive internment in the notorious Ravensbruck concentration camp. The play moves back and forth between past and present. It is Christmas 1962 and Ottosen's recent death still haunts a group of her friends, fellow Resistance fighters, who meet seasonally to raise a glass of good cheer. Devised as a memory play, the piece then falls back in time to the 1940's in wartime Denmark, prior to invasion, then shifts to chronicle fierce occupation and resistance, then moves into concentration camps and finally leads us to a post-war Denmark. Always a defiant woman battling the system, Ottosen struggled as hard after the war, when she was determined to have a child but not a husband. Sonja Mills, Ottosen's great-niece, has written a play that offers historical insight and critical reflection on some of the most urgent issues of our time – nationalism, justice and freedom.

The Danish Play premiered in 2002 at Tarragon Theatre Extra Space in Toronto, Ontario where it received overwhelming audience and critical acclaim and was nominated for two Dora Awards including Outstanding New Play. In 2004, The Danish Play was invited to tour to Aveny-Teatret in Copenhagen. It was also staged at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival at the National Arts Centre, and remounted in Toronto in 2007.

Cast: 4 women, 3 men

What people say:

"One of the strongest and most wrenching pieces of theatre so far this season." — The Toronto Star

"Utterly compelling." — The Globe and Mail

"Easily one of the best plays of the year." — NOW Magazine

About the Playwright:

Sonja Mills is a Toronto-based Canadian playwright and performer. She has written over a dozen plays including The Danish Play.