New Plays from Finland

Antti Hietala

Violence, sexuality and religion are only a few of the deep themes Antti Hietala's plays deal with. In his works history and the present are equally tangible and a bright, revealing light is focused on the darker side of the human mind. Hietala's theatrical language is deceptively simple, but carefully thought out.

Hietala has been involved with Q-Teatteri, one of the most important independent thetre groups in Finland, since its foundation, and is currently the theatre's director.  Besides writing his own plays he has adapted novels from such authors as Dostoyevsky and Alfred Döblin for stage and directed Shakespeare's and Chekhov's plays. His play Lovely People received the Lea Award for the best Finnish play of 2014. (source: Nordic Drama Corner)