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Chicago's pay-what-you-want storefront theatre company.



Sonny Mills

DIRECTOR  Kirstin Franklin 



SOUND DESIGN  Samuel Fitzwater-Butchart


PROPS DESIGN  Judith Laughlin & Jim Heatherly


SCENIC DESIGN  Chad Eric Bergman



TECHNICAL DIRECTOR  Samuel Fitzwater-Butchart

SET BUILDERS  Nathaniel Negrón, Samuel Fitzwater-Butchart & Michael Bevis


MADS  Stephen Dunn

AGNETE  Selena Lopez

MICHAEL  Kit Ratliff

HELGA  Lisa Stran

BENTE  Mackenzie Williams

MORTON, ET AL  Dolph Paulsen

LISBET, ET AL  Maddie Wakley




Agnete Ottosen was tough, unsentimental, and remarkable. When World War II broke out, Ottosen immediately joined the Danish Resistance and writing for an underground newspaper. She was captured and tortured by the Gestapo and imprisoned in the notorious Ravensbrück concentration camp. This is her true tale of heartbreak, joy, survival, and perseverance while facing enormous obstacles during the war and in the years after.


Sonny Mills (they/them) has woven humor and levity into their great-aunt's true tale of resistance, giving audiences historical insight and critical reflection on some of the most urgent issues of our time - nationalism, justice, and freedom. A story few have heard of but everyone should know.


With an unprecedented inaugural run in Canada, Three Crows is elated to present the US premiere of The Danish Play.


“One of the strongest and most wrenching pieces of theatre...”

-Robert Crew, The Toronto Star


“Easily one of the best plays of the year.”

-Glenn Sumi, NOW Magazine


Previews - May 16, 17, 18, 19

Performances - May 23-June 16, 2024


Two hours with one intermission.


Nazis, fascism, mental health, violence, incarceration, genocide, death.

Three Crows would like to send huge and heartfelt thank yous to the Raven Theatre team, especially Madison Hill; Daniel Sappington; Spencer Donovan; our donors, supporters and everyone who came to see


Denne Bog maa ikke laanes ud. - This book may not be borrowed.

Denne Bog maa ikke anberfales til andre. - This book must not be recommended to others. 

RUSK OM SNUSK - Filth for filth. 

Der maa ikke læses højt af denne Bog. - This book must not be read aloud.

Man maa ikke le, naar man læser i denne Bog. - One must not play when reading this book. 

Man maa ikke kommentere noget i denne Bog. - You must not comment on anything in this book. 




Kirstin Franklin (Director)

Kirstin Franklin (she/her) has been a professional theater collaborating artist for over 20 years with credits from all over the country including The Guthrie, Northlight, Urbanite Theater, Actors Theater of Louisville, NY Fringe, Asolo Rep and many more. As the former Co-Artistic Director of Akvavit Theatre, Chicago's premier contemporary Nordic theater company, Kirstin specializes in Nordic-themed theater and has found 'The Danish Play' a familiar playground to explore. Kirstin has an MFA in acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and a BA in Theater from St.Olaf College. Kirstin feels blessed to be working on her first production since marrying the love of her life, Dolph Paulsen, and dedicates this work to her two wonderful children Gunnar and Margot.

Erin Galvin (Stage Manager)

This is Erin’s (she/her) first production with Three Crows Theatre Company! Erin recently graduated from Ohio University in 2022 with her BFA in Stage Management. Erin’s professional and regional theater experiences include: The Workshop Theater, NYC (Stage Manager): The Postmodernist, Tantrum Theater (Assistant Stage Manager): This is Not What I Expected When I Imagined A Republic, Vibrancy Theater Company (Stage Manager): Absentia, Lyric Repertory Company (Assistant Stage Manager): Freaky Friday: The Musical, Into the Breeches!, Lyric Repertory Company (AEA Stage Manager): Twelfth Night, Break It Down, Citadel Theatre (AEA Stage Manager): Silent Sky.

Samuel Fitzwater-Butchart (Sound Design/Technical Director)

Hailing from Milwaukee, Sam (he/him) has been in theater for almost ten years and has worked for theater companies such as Skylight Music Theatre, Theatre Gigante, and Next-Act Theatre among others. With Three Crows, he's designed The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Macbeth, The Trojan Women, Our Country's Good, These Shining Lives, and Terra Nova. Other design credits include Circus Man & Curtain Call (Electric Crayon Studios), and My Fair Lady  (RUSD)  He is a graduate of  UW-Parkside where he was the audio engineer for the university's premiere A Cappella group: Parkside RANGE.

Dagny Mullins (Costume Design)

An Alabama native turned Chicagoan, Dagny (she/her) has been working as a freelance costume designer for theatre and film in the city since 2015. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago with a focus in film and television, she returned to her theatrical roots with Three Crows' production of Macbeth and followed that up with The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

Judith Laughlin (Properties Design)

Judith (she/her) has worked with such distinguished Chicago theaters as Provision Theatre, The Agency Theatre Collective, Teatro Vista, Metropolis Theatre, The Artistic Home, BrightSide Theatre, and Fury Theatre. She appeared in our productions of The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Mag), Silent Sky (Williamina Fleming), The Trojan Women  (Hecuba),  and Our Country's Good (Shitty Meg.) Favorite roles include Joan in At the Center, Gertie in Fuddy Meers, Berta in Hedda Gabler, Beth in Ordinary People, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie. Judith is also the director of the popular Kids on Stage! summer theatre camp program in Glen Ellyn.

Jim Heatherly (Properties Design)

Jim (he/him) is an award-winning properties designer and he is excited to be working with Three Crows on this wonderful production of The Danish Play.  Over the past twenty-five years, Jim has designed and supplied properties for more than sixty productions in the Chicagoland area. Some of his prop work has included Deathtrap, Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, Moon Over Buffalo,Cabaret, and A Christmas Carol (Brightside Theatre), The Lorax (VTG Children’s Theatre), Mornings At Seven (RCLPC Theatre), Emergency Room (JPAC),Madame Pompadour (Chicago Folks Operetta), Twelve Angry Men and The Miracle Worker (Actor Factor Theatre), and the feature film I Heart Shakey(Amarok Productions). Annamae I found the muse!

Bryan Byars (Lighting Design)

Bryan Byars (he/him) is a freelance Lighting Designer working in the Milwaukee and Chicago area. Currently, he is the Lighting Director at The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee and the Theater Teaching Artist at Carmen South High School. Design credits include Stupid, F*cking Bird (Blue Bird Arts, Athenaeum), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (UW-Parkside), and Genesis (Milwaukee Ballet). He hopes you enjoy this wonderful collaboration of talented artists.

Chad Eric Bergman (Scenic Design)

Chad (he/him) is thrilled to be part of Three Crows’ production of The Danish Play. Bergman co-founded Akvavit Theatre in Chicago and is Professor of Theatre at North Park University. He earned his PhD in Theatre History and Criticism from the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign having spent a year in Finland on a Fulbright researching the political implications of bilingual theatre. He has collaborated in the theatre as a designer, director, playwright, scholar, and translator. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Celia and two children, Karina (from Nepal) and Anderson (from China).

Hannah Keeler (Scenic Painting)

Hannah (they/them) is a 2022 graduate of Indiana University with Bachelors’ of Arts in Theatre and Creative Writing. After graduation, Hannah returned to IU to continue working in the scenic studio and taking on the role of scenic charge for Into the Woods (IU Summer theatre) before relocating to Chicago this fall. As well as being a painter, Hannah also is a playwright—previous credits include Camp Redacted (University Players), I Am the Asshole (Independent Project), Moonchild (University Players) as well as many shorter works. Hannah looks forward to pursuing a career in theater in Chicago this fall with a combination scenic work, writing, and artistic administration.

Nathaniel Negrón (Creative Producer)

A native of the north Chicago suburbs, Nathaniel (he/him) attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He's graced stages in Wisconsin, Chicago, and New York. With Three Crows, Nate was seen as Banquo in Macbeth, Pato Dooley in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Peter Shaw in Silent Sky, Amante in Espresso, Menelaus in The Trojan Women, Ketch Freeman/Robbie Ross in Our Country's Good, and Amundsen in Terra Nova. Other credits include Mr. Dearth in Dear Brutus (Eclectic Full Contact), Didier in Curves & Edges (Interrobang & Three Things.)  

Michael Bevis (Fight/Intimacy Choreographer)

Michael (he/him) holds a BFA in theatre performance from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He's worked with companies throughout Illinois and Wisconsin, including Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, and Shakespeare in the Park. With Three Crows, he was previously the firearms consultant for Our Country's Good, the violence designer for Macbeth and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. He holds SAFD certification in multiple fight styles. 

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