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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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First Production/Performance Credits THE GHOST SONATA This translation of The Ghost Sonata was first produced in Washington D.C. by the Strindberg Festival and American Showcase Theatre (now Metro Stage) April-May 1988: Directed by Joe Martin; original music composed by Anna Larson; scenic and costume design by Nicole Quinqueton Platz; choreography by Cynthia Berkshire; lighting design by John Burgess; music performed by Anna Larson and Thomas Ohrstrom. THE STRONGER, PARIAH AND SIMOOM These translations of The Stronger, Pariah and Simoom were first produced together as Three One-Acts, as part of the Strindberg Festival in Washington D.C. at Source Theatre Company in March-April1988: Directed by Robert McNamara; set design by John Antone; lighting by John James McCarthy; sound by David Crandall; cos- tume design by Zoe Stofflett. CARL XI/ The translation of Strindberg's Carl XII was presented in a public reading April 15, 1988 by the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C., Michael Kahn Artistic Director, in association with the Strindberg Festival: Directed by Derek Jones; Assistant Director, Anna E. Southerington. • • •

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