Show Less

Strindberg - Other Sides

Seven Plays- Translated and introduced by Joe Martin- with a Foreword by Björn Meidal

Joseph Martin

Strindberg - Other Sides: Seven Plays presents fresh translations based upon the new national Swedish edition of Strindberg's works, hewing close to Strindberg's techniques of «scoring» his scripts for actors and directors. The plays are illuminated in introductory essays revaluating Strindberg's role in transforming theatre (and art) with his extraordinary new forms. The Ghost Sonata is a keystone in the construction of the expressionist theatre; in The Pelican Strindberg goes «over the top» with his own form of psychological drama until it soars beyond the realm of realism; The Dance of Death is a battle of the sexes rendered absurd, as a series of games played against the void; and Carl XII is an epic play portraying the last months of the king who brought Sweden's history as a great power to an end. Three one-acts from the late 1880s foreshadow the striking ambiguity of Strindberg's later works.


Show Summary Details
Restricted access

The Ghost Sonata 57


Opus 3 THE GHOST SONATA A Chamber Play (1907) CHARACTERS THE OLD MAN, Director Hummel THE STUDENT, Arkenholz THE MILKMAID, a vision CARETAKER'S WIFE THE DEAD MAN, Consul THE DARK LADY, daughter of the Dead Man by the Care- taker's Wife THE COLONEL THE MUMMY, the Colonel's wife HIS DAUGHTER, is the Old Man's daughter THE ARISTOCRAT, called Baron Skanskorg. Engaged to the Caretaker's daughter JOHANSSON, Hummel's servant BENGTSSON, the Colonel's servant THE FIANCEE, Hummel's fiancee previously. A white-haired old woman THE COOK [POOR PEOPLE, beggars] [1.] The first and second storeys of the facade of a house, but only the corner of the house is visible -which on the ground floor terminates in a round room, and on the next floor ends in a balcony with a flag staff. Through the open window of the room, when the blinds are drawn up, a white marble statue of a young woman, surrounded by palms, is starkly lit by sun beams. In the window at the left hyacinths can be seen: blue, white and pink. On the balcony railing on the upper floor, at the corner, we see a blue silk quilt, and two white pillows. The windows at the left are draped with white linens. It is a clear Sunday morning. In front of the house, downstage, is a green bench. To the right, in the foreground, is a public drinking fountain on the "street"; to the left a poster-column. To the left, at the back, is the front door,...

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.