August Strindberg (1849-1912)
The August Strindberg Repertory Theatre, resident company at the Gene Frankel Theatre, was founded in honor of Sweden's great playwright and is committed to production of his best, and less often performed, plays in new translations and interpretations that illuminate the plays for today's American audience.
To Damascus, a trilogy, Part 1
To Damascus is Strindberg's magnum opus, a trilogy drawn from his near-total nervous breakdown, the marriage that preceded and precipitated it, and the initially restorative effects of the marriage that followed. The Strindberg Rep will present one part each Spring through 2016 in a new adaptation by August Wilson playwrighting fellow Nathan James.
From the E-Newsletter from Jonathan Slaff & Associates
Robert Greer will direct Part 1 of the trilogy that has been described as "Strindberg's most complex play" and as "his greatest play," due to its synthesis of a wide variety of myths, symbols and ideas with a profound spiritual analysis in a new dramatic form.
The "To Damascus" trilogy (or "The Road to Damascus" as it was called in earlier translations) is Strindberg's most overtly autobiographical dramatic work and deals very directly with his attitude toward religion. All three parts will be presented over three years, with a bi-racial cast featuring actors from the cast of August Strindberg Rep's acclaimed production of "Easter" (2013). Part One will play in March 2014, Part Two in March 2015 and Part Three in 2016. Robert Greer will direct. This is the first time the play will have been presented complete in any language. Adaptation is by Robert Greer and Nathan James, who holds the August Wilson playwright's fellowship this year, from Mr. Greer's fresh translation.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
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