The Ghost Sonata
James S. Craft in Roberto Zucco by Bernard-Marie Koltès
by August Strindberg
in a new translation by Paul Walsh
Directed by Rob Melrose
In the night, a building has collapsed. A young man has been working all night long pulling survivors from the wreckage and tending to their wounds. As he drinks from the water fountain, he meets an old gentleman who has read about the young rescuer in the paper. It seems that the old gentleman knows everything about the younger man and even has the young man's future all planned out for him. As the young man steps into the web of fate, he goes on a mysterious journey that takes him to the opera, a ghost supper, and finally to an encounter with the girl of his dreams in "the hyacinth room." This is Stringberg's masterpiece on the forces of the past. In Sweden, it is performed all of the time (Ingmar Bergman directed it three times) but it is rarely seen in the U.S.