I-Fest 2006: Nina Sallinen, Finland Chopin Productions

I-Fest 2006 is the second annual festival of international solo performances celebrating individuality.

Poor Poor Lear - In this original dark comedy, 36-year-old actress Nina Sallinen, portrays a 90 year old Grande Dame (also named Nina Sallinen) of the Scandinavian Theater. The old actress has brazenly chosen Shakespeare's King Lear as the material for her final artistic farewell performance.


11/2/06 - 11/12/06

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Poor Poor Lear - Nina Sallinen - In this original dark comedy, 36-year-old actress Nina Sallinen, portrays a 90 year old Grande Dame (also named Nina Sallinen) of the Scandinavian Theater. The old actress has brazenly chosen Shakespeare's King Lear as the material for her final artistic farewell performance. She has a special interest in the theme as she believes her own two daughters to be just as greedy and neglectful as King Lear's. The performance, which she stages in her own apartment, unintentionally highlights the artist's own life story, as she gradually becomes cognizant of the deeper parallels between her life and that of King Lear's. Instead of shaking up her own daughters with her performance, the old diva shakes up herself. Her priorities and past choices come into question.

Nina Sallinen, Actor - Ms. Sallinen has performed in more than 60 shows, including at the National Theater of Finland. Also she has been a series regular in a popular comedy variety show on Finnish television. Now she lives in Los Angeles , where she received a nomination for the best supporting female performance from The Conquest of The Southpole playing Frankie Boy at The Odyssey Theatre.

Kristan Schmidt, Director and Author - Ms. Schmidt is the Artistic Director of Walkabout Theater Company. She has been developing and producing new plays for the theater for the past 15 years. Kristan started out as an actor, receiving her B.F.A. in actor training from Webster Conservatory in St. Louis , Mo. And began acting professionally with The Repertory Theater of St. Louis. During this time, playwright/director Tony Kushner became a mentor to Ms. Schmidt and encouraged her to direct and write. Graduate directing school, and work with several European Theater Companies followed. After moving to Chicago , Kristan was a member of the original Organic Theater where she developed and produced new work until starting Walkabout in 1999. She is always on the lookout for what a theatre event can be.

Ms. Sallinen's performance has been supported by Walkabout Theater

"For anyone of any age to deliver an intelligent, tragicomic rendition of King Lear with no supporting cast is astonishing. That Sallinen can do it within the persona of a heartbreaking old woman is beyond extraordinary.. Theater junkies especially will appreciate this evening of clear, original writing presented with artistry and integrity. And Sallinen is undoubtedly the type of performer who will make her character evolve and continually surprise her audiences. I look forward to seeing what else the new Walkabout Theater Company will bring to Chicago” - - Kim Wilson, Chicago Reader 1999

Author
Kristan Schmidt

Director
Kristan Schmidt

Performers
Nina Sallinen

Production
Chopin Productions

Tags: Festival, Old Europe, 2006