Friday, October 16, 2009

Play of the Week: Dream Play

In a little known August Strindberg play, he examines the whole breath of the human experience. Set as a dream of the daughter of the god, Indra, who is sent to Earth to earn more about humanity and to determine whether or not the race should be allowed to live or perish. This premise sounds more like a episode of Star Trek: the Next Generation than a 1901 play. However, A Dream Play is one of the precursors of expressionism and surrealism that would go on the heavily influence 20th Century drama.

It's a very different play than most of us are used to going to see in the theatre right down the street. Read the text here and tell us what you think of this play.

Happy Birthday: Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953), Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) & Angela Lansbury (b. 1925)
October 17: Arthur Miller (1915-2005), Georg Buchner (1813-1837), & Sir Cameron Mackintosh (b. 1946)
October 18: Wendy Wasserstein (1950-2006)

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