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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.


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CARL XII A Play in Five Tableaux (1901) This page intentionally left blank CHARACTERS CARL XII ULRIKA ELEONORA, his sister GORTZ ARVID HORN, a count KARL GYLLENBORG, a count FEIF, secretary HUL~. table-setter KAT ARINA LESZCZYNSKA, former queen of Poland EMERENTIA POLHEM, daughter of the famous scientist EMANUEL SWEDENBORG, scientist and philosopher THE DWARF LUXEMBOURG THE MAN THE WOMAN SECONDARY CHARACTERS A MALCONTENT COUNCILLOR OF THE REALM SPEAKERS OF THE FOUR ESTATES A SAILOR COAST GUARD [THE ADJUTANT] [DURING] [ROSEN] [THE PROFESSOR] [THE SKIPPER] [A LACKEY] [COUNTESS PIPER] [A GROUP OF PETITIONING WOMEN] ANDOTHERS1 1 Characters in brackets are left off of Strindberg's cast list. SCENES TABLEAU 1: On the coast of Scania TABLEAU 2: In the King's audience room in Lund TABLEAU 3: On the square outside Gortz's residence in Lund TABLEAU 4: In the yard outside Gortz's residence TABLEAU 5: Before Fredrikstens fortress in Norway TABLEAU I It is a windy morning in December 1715 on the coast of Scania. A cottage, dilapidated and abandoned during the plague of 1710 stands with its foundations buried in shifting sands. The windows are knocked out, the roof shingles tom away, the door off its hinges. Visible through the ruins of the front wall are the fireplace and chimney covered with soot. Outside of the cottage is a leafless, wind- blown apple tree with only a single apple remaining, which is being shaken by the wind. Alongside it there is a rubbish heap with withered burdocks. To the right of the...

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