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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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PARIAH A Play in One Act Freely, after a short story by Ola Hansson (1889) CHARACTERS MR X, archeologist } Middle-aged men MR Y, traveler from America THE SCENE A simple room in the country: door and window at back, looking out into the countryside. In the middle of the floor, a large dining table with archeological relics, writing materials on one side: a microscope, a case holding an insect collection and glass bottles with preserving fluids. To the left a bookshelf. Otherwise, the furnishings of a well-to-do farmer. MR Y enters with a butterfly net and a botanical tin, dressed in his shirtsleeves; goes straight to the bookshelf and takes down a book, situating himself to read. The bells from mass ring out in the country church. The landscape and room are starkly lit by the sun. The cackling of hens can be heard outside now and again. MR X enters in his shirtsleeves. MR Y pulls himself together abruptly, places the book back upside down; gives the appearance that he is looking for another book on the shelf MR x What oppressive heat! I think we're clearly going to have thunder. MR Y We-lll! What makes you think so? MR x The chiming of the bells is so dry, the flies are biting and the hens are cackling. I intended to go out fishing, but I couldn't find a worm. Don't you feel nervous? MR Y (reflecting.) Me? - Go on! MR X You always look like you were...

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