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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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THE STRONGER A Play in One Scene (1888) CHARACTERS MRS. X, an actress, married MLLE. Y, an actress, unmarried [A WAITRESS] THE SCENE A corner in a cafe which caters to ladies; two small iron tables, a red shag sofa and some chairs. MRS X enters, dressed for winter in a hat and coat, with a fine Japanese basket on her arm. MLLE Y is sitting before a half-finished beer bottle and is reading an illustrated magazine, which she later exchanges for others. MRS x Hello Amelie, dear!- You're sitting here so alone on Christ- mas Eve, like some poor bachelor. MILE Y (glances up from the magazine, nods, and goes on reading.) MRS X You know, I'm really sorry to see you this way. Alone, alone at a cafe, and even on Christmas Eve. I feel as sorry as that time in Paris when I saw a wedding reception in a restaurant, and the groom played billiards with the witnesses. Hunh! I thought. With a start like that, how will they go on, and how will it end! He was playing billiards on his wedding night! - And she was reading a comic book, you're thinking. Well, it's not exactly the same thing! A WAITRESS enters and places a cup of chocolate in front of MRS X, and goes out. MRS X You know what, Amelie? I think now you would have been better off to stay with him! You remember, I was the first to tell you:...

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