To Damascus, a trilogy, Part 1
April 18 - May 11, 2014
At the
Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street

The Stranger and The Lady
Photo by Jonathan Slaff


August Strindberg's "To Damascus, Part 1" will be adapted to Harlem, 1962, by August Wilson playwrighting fellow Nathan James with a multi-racial cast April 18 to May 11, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday matinees at 1:30 PM.

The August Strindberg Rep will present Part Two in March, 2015 and Part Three in 2016, the first time the trilogy will have been presented complete in English and the first time in any language in 99 years!

The Harlem 1962 setting was chosen by artistic director Robert Greer. It seemed appropriate to place this expressionist play into an era where, at least in Black neighborhoods, the pace of social change had accelerated nearly to the point of surrealism. Not only had the Civil rights era come to a boil during the early '60s, but the first inter-racial couples had begun to appear in public. A partner in one of these couples was the literary artist Amiri Baraka. His parallels to The Stranger, the hero of Strindberg's play, were poignant to James and Greer and influenced their vision for this character.

Part one of the trilogy has been described as "Strindberg's most complex play" and as "his greatest play," with its mix of myths, symbols and ideas and a profound spiritual analysis in a new dramatic form, and the trilogy his magnum opus, drawn from his near-total nervous breakdown, the marriage that preceded and precipitated it, and the restorative effects of the marriage that followed. The Strindberg Rep will present one part each Spring through 2016.

At the Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street in the East Village.

Previews 8 PM
Friday, April 18, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014

Opening 1:30 PM
Sunday, April 20, 2014

Performances 8 PM
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Friday, May 2, 2014
Saturday, May 3 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014

Matinees 1:30 PM
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Sunday, May 4, 2014

Closes 1:30 PM
Sunday, May 11, 2014

"The Deadly Dance", Fred Crecca's adaptation of "The Dance of Death" will be directed by Whitney Aronson.

Wednesdays at 8 PM
April 23
April 30
May 7

tickets $18
students and seniors $12 212-868-4444

We participate in the TDF Off-Off@$9 program.

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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.

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