The Stronger, Pariah, and Simoon

By August Strindberg
"Strindberg and the Occult"
May 6, 2012, 1pm

These three one-act plays show the power of Strindberg's invention. In The Stronger, two women sit at a table. One speaks and the other never says a word. The subject in question is the fidelity of the talkative woman's husband. Which of the two women is the stronger? Pariah tells the story of two men and their fight over gold. In Simoon, a soldier is bewitched by a mysterious woman from the desert.

The readings will be followed by a discussion of the plays and Strindberg's relationship to the occult.