A Dream Play
Nick Hern, 2005 - 56 pages
Caryl Churchill's spare and resonant version of Strindberg's enigmatic masterpiece.
Written in 1901, a mysterious amalgam of Freud, Alice in Wonderland and Strindberg's own private symbolism, A Dream Play follows the logic of a dream:
A young woman comes from another world to see if life is really as difficult as people make it out to be. Characters merge into each other, locations change in an instant and a locked door becomes an obsessive recurrent image. As Strindberg wrote in his preface, he wanted 'to imitate the disjointed yet seemingly logical shape of a dream. Everything can happen, everything is possible and probable. Time and place do not exist.'
From a literal translation by Charlotte Barslund. Introduction by Caryl Churchill.
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Review: A Dream PlayUser Review - Momina Masood - Goodreads
Life does overwhelm us all at times. Beautifully written play, I loved the poetry. Strindberg pleads humanity's case with tremendous empathy and insight, though he leaves it dark and hopeless. Being a ... Read full review
Review: A Dream PlayUser Review - Todd Williams - Goodreads
Love the Dream Play and like Churchill a lot, but I'm not sure that she adds anything to Strindberg's masterpiece. Read full review