Playwright Refuses to Accept Award Nominations

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Playwright Refuses to Accept Award Nominations

Jón Atli Jónasson, one of the foremost Icelandic playwrights, has refused to accept nominations from Gríman, the Icelandic Theater Awards, this year because President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is the awards’ patron.

Jón Atli Jónasson. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

In a statement which he sent to the media, Jónasson encourages his colleagues to do the same. “We cannot accept awards or nominations from a president whose time in office must be investigated and reevaluated,” the statement reads, according to Fréttabladid.

Jónasson has, among other projects, written the play Brim for Vesturport, Draugalest for Reykjavík City Theater, Rambó 7 for the National Theater, and is a founding member of Mindgroup, a European association of experimental theater.

Last year, Jónasson directed his monologue Djúpid, which was staged in Reykjavík City Theater. Actor-director Baltasar Kormákur is now planning to make a film based on Jónasson’s monologue.

Nominations for Gríman will be announced tomorrow.

Click here to read points of criticism about the president included in the Special Investigative Report.