Written by Sonny Mills | Directed by Kirstin Franklin

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Both haunting and darkly comical, The Danish Play tells the true tale of Agnete Ottosen, a Danish poet and member of the Resistance during World War II. At Christmastime 1962, Ottosen's recent death haunts a group of her friends and fellow Resistance fighters. Told through memory, The Danish Play recounts Ottosen's life during wartime Denmark, Nazi occupation, through being caught and tortured by the Gestapo, imprisonment at Ravensbruck concentration camp, and her post-trauma existence.  


Ottosen is the playwright's great-aunt and the play is inspired by her poetry and journals discovered after her death. 


“The understated artistry of The Danish Play sneaks up on you very slowly…by the time the evening is through, it has emerged as the deft and subtle account of a story set in Nazi-occupied Denmark that only blossoms into true tragedy years after the enemy has been defeated.” —Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail

“One of the strongest and most wrenching pieces of theatre so far this season.” -Robert Crew, The Toronto Star

“Easily one of the best plays of the year.” -Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine


Pay-what-you-can tickets can be reserved online, by phone, or email.



The Den Theatre, Theatre 3A
1331 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622


APRIL 16 - May 10, 2020


120 minutes with one intermission


There is an elevator to the second floor and a chair lift to the third floor. 

The third-floor space is not ADA accessible for exclusive wheelchair users. 



The Den Theatre does not currently have parking or valet. We strongly urge the usage of the following applications ParkChicagoSpot HeroPark Whiz, and Parq Ex.

Metered parking is available on Milwaukee Avenue and surrounding side streets. Pay boxes are enforced from 8:00 am-10:00 pm on Milwaukee Ave and from 8:00 am-6:00 pm on side streets. Pay boxes accept quarters and credit cards and can be fed up to two or three hours, depending on the location.

Street parking can be competitive and difficult to find, particularly on weekends. We kindly suggest you allow for extra time and plan a drink or bite at Haven Lounge before the show!



By Train:

North of Blue Line to Division

South of Blue Line to Damen

By Bus:

56 Bus Milwaukee & Paulina

North of 9 Bus Milwaukee & Ashland

North of 70 Bus Division & Ashland

South of 50 Bus Damen & Milwaukee

South of 72 Bus North Ave & Milwaukee


Production Team

Playwright: Sonny Mills

Director: Kirstin Franklin

Production Stage Manager: Rebecca Karpowicz*

Sound Design: Samuel Fitzwater-Butchart*

Set & Props Design: Kelliann Keeler*

Lighting Design: Marissa Geocaris*

Costume Design: Shawn Quinlan

Dialect Design: Kristin Danford

House Manager: Sam Karpowicz*

Selena Lopez*

Agnete Ottosen

Nathaniel Negrón*

Mads Pederson

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Micah Kronlokken

Michael Hansen

Lisa Stran

Helga Hansen

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Mackenzie Williams

Bente Jesperson

Zach Twardowski

Actor #1 (Morton, Soldier, et al)

Madeline Wakley

Actor #2 (Sophie, Lisbet et al)

Heather VanderWielen

Agnete Ottosen U/S

Madelyn Loehr

Bente/Actor #2 U/S

Sean Peck-Collier

Michael/Actor#1/Mads U/S

Katie Ratliff*

Helga/Actor #2 U/S)

*Three Crows company member