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Professor Killeen’s Play, ‘Babette’s Feast,’ to Begin NYC Run Archives

Babette’s Feast, a play developed by a Bowdoin theater professor about a pious community in a remote 19th-century Norwegian village, will open in an off-Broadway theater in New York City March 14.

The play, which was conceived of and developed by Associate Professor of Theater Abigail Killeen (who also performs in it), just wrapped up a winter run at the Portland Stage Company in Maine.

The same cast will continue in their roles in the New York City production, at the Theatre at St. Clement’s in Manhattan. Tickets can be bought at Telecharge, with a discount at (use the code BFFNF) for students, staff, and alumni.

Killeen said a group of investors from across the country decided they wanted to expand the play’s reach and extend its run. “They want to sow something of goodness, truth, and beauty into the culture and they believe this project is worthy of that,” she said.

Babette’s Feast, which is based on a short story by Isak Dinesen, recounts what happens when a stranger arrives to stay in a small ecclesiastical village. “Babette’s Feast highlights the plight of a refugee who finds asylum, but then exhibits radical generosity by sacrificing all she has to throw a lavish dinner party that transforms a fractured community,” according to the play’s website.

In 2013, Killeen and play director Karen Coonrod traveled to Berlevaag, Norway, a tiny village north of the Arctic Circle, to do research for the play.

This photo of Abbie Killeen was taken at about midnight in July, near Berlevaag, Norway

3 thoughts on “Professor Killeen’s Play, ‘Babette’s Feast,’ to Begin NYC Run

  1. Shirley Stenberg

    I saw the play and loved it. In fact, from the time I walked out the door of the Portland Stage, it has been with me. It is life changing. Why did I wait so long? Experience it, New York.

    WE are proud of you, Abbie Kileen. A Bowdoin parent.

  2. Sunny

    As you may know, Hudson Guild is a large social services agency in Manhattan, enriching the community in many ways. Here at the Theater Desk we are proud to offer our members – active, theater-loving seniors – complimentary tickets to many wonderful events. I know they would enjoy Babette’s Feast, so any tickets you might be able to donate, perhaps 4-6 tickets each for several performances – would be greatly appreciated.
    Hope to hear from you, and meanwhile, our best wishes for a great artistic success!
    Sunny (Chairperson)

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