THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CRYSTAL FIELD
August Strindberg Rep production of August Strindberg’s
Dance of Death, Parts One and Two
February 25 to March 13, 2022
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM
$18, $12 seniors and students
Box Office (212) 254-1109
Running time: 2:10 plus intermission
Critics are invited on or after February 27. Opens February 27.
Company’s website: https://strindbergrep.com/
NEW YORK — From February 25 to March 13, Theater for the New City (TNC) will present the August Strindberg Rep production of August Strindberg’s “Dance of Death, Parts One and Two,” newly translated and directed by Robert Greer. The two parts of this play, which were written in 1900, are being performed together in English onstage for the very first time. Translator/director Robert Greer is Artistic Director of August Strindberg Rep, which is a resident company of TNC.
“Dance of Death” is labeled by some critics as Strindberg’s greatest work. In an isolated fort Edgar, a captain of a coastal artillery installation, and Alice, his wife, have lived for 20 years, hating each other with a deadly venom and each wishing the other’s death. When Kurt, Edgar’s cousin, comes to stay in it, he is caught up in the atmosphere of evil. He falls in love with Alice and becomes her associate in a plot designed to destroy her husband. Following a stroke, Edgar suddenly gains a new vision of life, realizing his own errors and pleading for reconciliation. Thus ends the first part of the drama.
In Part Two, Edgar is revealed to be a villain: clever, devious and cunning. He has lured Kurt into a stock market scam, ruined Kurt’s aspirations for election to parliament, snatched Kurt’s household furnishings at bankruptcy prices, undermined the military career of Kurt’s son, Allen, by getting him transferred to a remote base in the far North, and plotted to marry his own coquettish daughter, Judith, to his commanding officer to curry favor. Nevertheless, the second play ends in the final triumph of the wife. Edgar’s health problems, which were established in Part One, are catching up with him. Remorselessly, Alice drives Edgar to his death–although in the very process of doing so, bitter doubt enters her mind. In a diabolical subplot, Judith tortures Allen, Kurt’s son, for loving her. She is portrayed as a youthful vampire and there is the sense that this family’s cycle of “love-hatred” will go on and on.
Mr. Greer has directed 15 Strindberg plays with the company to-date. He has also staged English-language premières of numerous contemporary Scandinavian playwrights, including Sweden’s Marianne Goldman, Helena Sigander, Cecilia Sidenbladh, Oravsky and Larsen, Hans Hederberg, Margareta Garpe and Kristina Lugn; Denmark’s Stig Dalager and Norway’s Edvard Rønning. He has also directed classics by Victoria Benedictsson, Laura Kieler, Anne Charlotte Leffler and Amalie Skram. His productions have been presented at the Strindberg Museum and Strindberg Festival, Stockholm; Edinburgh and NY Fringe Festivals, Barnard College, Columbia University, Rutgers, UCLA; Miranda, Pulse and Theater Row Theaters, La MaMa, Manhattan Theatre Source, Tribeca Lab, Synchronicity, TSI, BargeMusic; and The Duplex in LA. He has also directed plays by Mario Fratti, Sartre and Corneille here in New York. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors’ Equity Association, the Strindberg Society, the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study and Swedish Translators in North America.
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