Seven Plays- Translated and introduced by Joe Martin- with a Foreword by Björn Meidal
The Dance of Death 221
THE DANCE OF DEATH A Drama (1900) CHARACfERS EDGAR, Captain of the fort artillery ALICE, his wife, previously an actress KURT, the Quarantine Master Secondary characters: Jenny, the Old Woman, the Sentry (silent) THE SCENE The interior of a round granite tower in a fortress. At back the large entrance, a pair of glass doors, through which can be seen a beach, a battery-artillery fortifications-and the sea. On either side of the door a window with flowers and birds. To the right of the doors an upright piano; farther downstage a sewing table and two armchairs. To the left, center stage, a desk with a telegraph apparatus. Farther down a bric-a-brac shelf with photo portraits. Nearby a long chaise longue. At the wall a sideboard. From the ceiling hangs a lamp. On the wall by the upright piano hang two large laurel wreaths with ribbons, one on either side of a portrait of a young woman dressed in a theatre costume. At the door a free-standing coatrack with paraphernalia for a uniform, sabers and so on. Close by, a chiffonnier. To the left of the doors hangs a barometer. [A porcelain stove.1] It is a mild autumn afternoon. The doors stand open and out on the battery on the shoreline a SENTRY is visible. He is wearing a plumed helmet; his saber glitters now and again in the red glow of the setting sun. The sea lies dark and silent. The CAPTAIN is sitting in the armchair to the left...
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