Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep
by August Strindberg
translated by Paul Walsh
directed by Rob Melrose
featuring James Carpenter
October 12-November 18
A true theatrical innovator, August Strindberg spent his life dedicated to fervent experimentation – pioneering work in naturalism, proto-expressionism, and his own dream-like dramaturgy. 2012 marks the 100th Anniversary of Strindberg’s death. Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep will be the first production of all five of Strindberg’s Chamber Plays performed together in any language. See the plays performed separately, or join us for a Chamber Play Marathon of all five shows in one day (November 10, 11, 17, & 18).
Part 1: The Ghost Sonata
Press Opening: October 18 (Previews Oct. 12-14),
Gala Opening: October 19
The Ghost Sonata tells the story of a strange encounter between a student and an old man and begins the morning after a terrible fire. A “ghost supper” is shared in a round room, secrets are divulged, plots are foiled, and illusions are shattered. The most well known of Strindberg’s Chamber Plays, The Ghost Sonata serves as the centerpiece of Strindberg Cycle: The Chamber Plays in Rep.
Part 2: The Pelican and The Black Glove
Press Opening: October 27 (Previews Oct. 25-26)
Based on the myth that a Pelican sheds its own blood to feed its young, The Pelican presents a family where the opposite is true. The widow Elise plots with her lover to steal her children’s inheritance while they starve in their own home, but the truth sparks a small revolution. In The Black Glove, a lost black glove found in the entryway to a large apartment building the day before Christmas Eve mystically passes through the hands of many of its residents as it bestows a Christmas spirit.
Part 3: Storm and Burned House
Press Opening: November 3 (Previews Nov. 1-2)
In Storm, an elderly gentleman’s peace is shattered when his ex-wife becomes his new upstairs neighbor. In Burned House, prodigal son Arvid returns to his hometown to find that his childhood home burned down the night before. Arvid sifts through the ashes to uncover the dark secrets hidden by his family and the town.
Strindberg Cycle Celebration Marathon Event, November 10
Post show Talk Backs with the artists – Sundays following 5PM performances Tickets.
Mid Marathon Lecture Series – November 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 3:30PM – Learn more about Strindberg and the Chamber Plays from our volunteer Docents and members of the production team.
Strindberg Cycle Marathon Celebration Event – November 10, $150 – Celebrate our first marathon with Strindberg fans including lunch from Swedish restaurant Plaj, a group dinner, and a post-marathon party with the cast. Includes tickets to all five Strindberg plays on November 10. Performances begin at noon and are expected to conclude at 11:30PM with two breaks: 3:30-4:30PM and 6PM-8:30PM.