A Dream Play

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Theatre Communications Group, 2005 - Drama - 56 pages
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Following the logic of a dream--in which characters merge, locations change in an instant, and a locked door recurs obsessively--Strindberg's 1902 A Dream Play is a potent mix of Freud plus Alice in Wonderland. Caryl Churchill, perhaps the most fascinating and respected female dramatist in the English-speaking world, has taken on Strindberg's Dream in this spare and resonant adaptation.

Caryl Churchill's singular and striking plays include Cloud Nine, Top Girls, Light Shining in Buckinghampshire, Serious Money, The Skriker, Blue Heart, Far Away, and A Number.

August Strindberg (1849-1912) wrote over 60 plays, including Miss Julie, The Father, and The Dance of Death. He is considered Sweden's greatest author.

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User 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

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User 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


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August Strindberg (1849-1912) is best-known for his misogyny and as the author of Miss Julie (1889). His first success came as a novelist and autobiographer. His plays (and he wrote over sixty) were deeply controversial in their time and still are to some extent. They range form bold naturalism (e.g. The father, 1887) to an entralling expressionism (e.g. The Ghost Sonata, 1907). Caryl Churchill (1938-) is probably the most respected woman dramatist in the English-speaking world. She is the author of some twenty plays including Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Cloud Nine, Top Girls, Serious Money, The Skriker, Blue Heart, Far Away and A Number, seen and admired all over the world.

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