by Riley McCarthy
Directed by Christoffer Berdal

A world premiere May 27 2021
Performing dates
26 May – 12 June

On stage: Jody Fish, Annelise Nielsen

The world premiere of  a new, ground-breaking U.S. drama, in English, a sensational two-hander, selected, directed and cast especially for HIT by acclaimed Danish director Christoffer Berdal.

(Short clip of Christoffer Berdal in interview above, speaking Danish) See full English-language interview with Berdal here.

Southern Bedfellows
 follows the love relationship and passionate identity struggles between what are initially two children, both of them growing up, seemingly on a fluid, non-binary gender spectrum – facing choices unseen by any but themselves.

As teenagers they challenge the universal boundaries of sexuality, gender, poverty and religion. Sparks fly when identities are challenged. What happens through it all, to their gentle yet violent willingness to love only each other? You have to watch to find out…

Don’t miss this seminal fresh work by one of the most significant voices in  playwrighting today, American, non-binary playwright Riley McCarthy. It is an unusual, exciting and beautiful lovestory.

This is what the director has to say about Southern Bedfellows:

For me what is beautiful about this play and central to all this is the question of – what is it to be human? to be loved and be able to love yourself and be free, whatever you are. And I mean, this question is bigger than gender and sexuality and everything. I would say whoever you are, whoever sees this play, you hopefully recognize something in this struggle about finding out who am I, finding out – what kind of life would I actually like to live?

/Christoffer Berdal, director, Southern Bedfellows, 2021

Southern Bedfellows is part of HIT’s season focusing on new LGBTQ+ stories, in collaboration with Bøssehuset.

(Venue: Bøssehuset: 27th May till 12th June 2021)


Annelise Nielsen plays Jo (Ellen).

She/They is an actor and choreographer originally from the South Shore of Boston. After graduating with a BA in Theater from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Nielsen moved to New York City – taking classes at MNActing Studio, Upright Citizens Brigade, Actors Green Room, doing standup open mic nights, and gained credits across stage and screen, including:

THROUGH THE WREN an immersive gothic fairytale featured at Wildrence, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF QUEEN MARGARET at Theater For The New City,  THE DREAM PLAY and Brecht’s SEVEN DEADLY SINS – lead by Paulina Jonsdottir (under the guidance of Ann Bogart) at Columbia’s Shapiro Theater, THE BRINK OF US at South Oxford Space, VIVA PICTURES’ The Samaritans and IFC’s COMEDY CRIB’s Wedding Season .
In September 2019, Nielsen moved to Copenhagen to attend København Film og Teaterskole, in hopes of further connecting to danish culture, language, and performance. They joined HIT’s Summer Sunday Outdoor Reading Series and helped guide audiences through Copenhagen Pride’s participatory art installment, I AM (love)D.
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American actor Jody Fish plays Haywood.

Jody performed in summer stock theatres alongside numerous Broadway actors while growing up in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

He made his return to the stage in Copenhagen for House of International Theatre’s Pride Monologues and won outstanding 5 star reviews and was recognised by CPH Post as English Language Trailblazer of the year for his solo performance in the critically acclaimed one-man play Harry Clarke, directed by Joseph Sherlock, for Hit in 2020.

Jody  is also gaining momentum in the film industry, having been cast in several short films, commercials and voiceovers. Jody has had extensive theatrical training both in the US and Europe, and holds a degree in linguistics, with specialisation in accent research.


Christoffer Berdal

Christoffer Berdal, one of Denmark’s most sought-after, groundbreaking theatre directors, has directed more than 80 plays  – notable original Danish and international drama, Scandinavian classics, musicals, Shakespeare, drama and comedies, at The Danish Royal Theatre, Betty Nansen Theatre, Aarhus Theatre, Folketeatret, Odense Teater, Den Færøske Nationalscene and more.

Christoffer Berdal is widely considered to have significantly influenced the course of Danish theatre since his debut in 1998. Just 1 year after graduating from the Danish National School of Theatre, he was awarded a Reumert (Talent Prize for Direction) and has been nominated for the award several times since.

As a pioneer of socially conscious theatre, Berdal created “Who Are We?,” a live performance capturing the thoughts and dreams of young Palestinians and Iraqis trapped in the enormous refugee camp outside Amman, Jordan, casting the refugees themselves as actors. He has held theatre workshops in the bush of Malawi with HIV-positive performers. Audiences know Berdal well, also as the director of “Home Sweet Home” (Hjem Kære Hjem), a play which deals with the toll of peacekeeping in war-torn Iraq on Scandinavian soldiers, that Berdal directed successfully in New York.

Now House of International Theatre is delighted to present Riley McCarthy’s original play “Southern Bedfellows“ with Christoffer Berdal at the directorial helm.

Wednesday 26 May   20:00 hrs
Thursday 27 May      20:00 hrs   WORLD PREMIERE
Friday 28 May            20:00 hrs
Sunday 30 May          14:00 hrs
Tuesday 1 June          20:00 hrs
Wednesday 2 June    20:00 hrs
Thursday 3 June        21:30 hrs
Friday 4 June              21:30 hrs
Saturday 5 June         21:30 hrs
Tuesday 8 June          20:00 hrs
Wednesday 9 June    20:00 hrs
Thursday 10 June      20:00 hrs
Friday 11 June            20:00 hrs
Saturday 12 June       20:00 hrs



On stage: Jody Fish, Annelise Nielsen
Director: Christoffer Berdal
Producer: Jeremy M. Thomas
Playright: Riley McCarthy
A House of International Theatre Production

HIT’s production of Southern Bedfellows is supported by Københavns Scenekunstudvalg.



HIT’s participation in CPH STAGE as HIT Hits the Stage is graciously supported by the Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond.



HIT’s production of Southern Bedfellows is supported by Christianshavns Lokaludvalg


Southern Bedfellows is one of five HIT plays this spring being performed under CPH STAGE as a part of HIT’s international festival – HIT hits the Stage.

Health & Safety Covid-19
Performances will be held with the utmost concern for health and safety, following all current Danish state guidelines. The use of face masks by the audience is encouraged. Hand sanitisers will be provided. The audience is limited to the maximum capacity according to the health ministry’s recommendations. Our HIT COVID-19 unforeseen lockdown money back guarantee policy ensures ticket holders the freedom of using their ticket to a later show or a full refund.