Jón Atli Jónasson, born 1972, is an Icelandic playwright and screenwriter. He is a founding member of the Mindgroup, an European umbrella group of people involved in experimental theater. Considered one of the foremost Icelandic playwrights, he has refused to accept nominations for Gríman, the Icelandic Theater Awards. Stage plays are e.g. Ghost train (Reykjavik City Theatre), Surf. Vesturport. Crowdpleaser (Icelandic arts theatre) Rambo 7 (National Theatre of Iceland), Mindcamp (Hafnarfjördur Theatre), A hundred year old house ( Frú Emilía – theatre), Democrazy Camp-X theatre Copenhagen), The Deep (Reykjavik City Theatre and Schaubuhne am Lehninerplatz, Berlin).
Monologue: 1 M
Translations: English, French, German
The Deep is a monologue for the stage which was later made into a film and directed by the Icelandic film director Baltasar Kormákur. The film was selected as the Icelandic entry to The Best Foreign Language film at the 85th Oscar Academy Awards making the January shortlist. It was also nominated for the 2013 Nordic Council Film Prize. The play and the film are based on a true story of an Icelandic fisherman who survived in the freezing ocean after his boat capsized off the south coast of Iceland. Written in a beautifully poetic language it is a breathtaking insight into the mind of a fisherman and his desperate struggle to survive.