A Dream Play

A Dream Play

by August Strindberg Directed by John Briggs with Lighting Design by Giorgos Koukoumas of the Cyprus Theatre Organization in Nicosia

In 1901, Strindberg created a purely Expressionistic play, A Dream Play. The primary character in the play is Agnes, a daughter of the Vedic god Indra. She descends to Earth to bear witness to problems of human beings. She meets about 40 characters, some of them having a clearly symbolical value (such as four deans representing theology, philosophy, medicine, and law). After experiencing all sorts of human suffering (for example poverty, cruelty, and the routine of family life), the daughter of gods realizes that human beings are to be pitied. Finally, she returns to the Heaven and this moment corresponds to the awakening from a dream-like sequence of events. In A Dream Play, we enter the world of the dreamer where anything and everything can and will happen. “The characters split, double, multiply, evaporate, condense, dissolve and merge. But one consciousness rules them all: the dreamer’s; for him there are no secrets, no inconsistencies, no scruples and no laws.”

Studio Theatre April 12-15