Castles bloom like flowers. Characters split and multiply. Love spirals into chaos. Written at the turn of the 20th century, August Strindberg's A Dream Play uses the landscape of dreams to explore human existence and spirituality. A world where anything and everything can happen.
There will be no late seating
Stage Manager: Ed Herman*
Previews: March 22 - 26, 2013
Mondays - Saturdays, 8:30
**There will be no performances on
Tickets: $15 (Previews: March 22 - 26);
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In A Dream Play, Agnes, a god's daughter, has lost her way and finds herself falling to the third sphere from the sun, "the densest and heaviest of the spheres that roam in space." Her father encourages her to descend and observe the "Creator's children" saying that the world is "not the best for sure, but not the worst. Have courage, child, `tis but a trial." Agnes observes at first but, drawn to the human beings she encounters, decides to participate in their lives to better understand why pain and suffering seem to be their constant state.
The day after the opening of A Dream Play in 1907, Strindberg wrote in his diary: "Thus the world exists only through sin, if it exists at all, for it is only a dream picture (hence my Dream Play is a picture of life), a phantom the destruction of which is the mission of the ascetic. But this mission conflicts with the instinct of love, and the sum of it all is a ceaseless wavering between sensuality and the pangs of remorse. This seems to me the answer to the riddle of life." The play inspired Surrealism, Expressionism, and Ingmar Bergman was very influenced, if not obsessed by the work, mounting it four times in Stockholm. Strindberg called it "my most beloved play, the child of my greatest pain."
*Courtesy of Actors Equity Association
This production is made possible in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. It is a part of SubletSeries@HERE, HERE's curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.
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