The Dance of Death (Parts One and Two) is widely considered by critics as among August Strindberg’s greatest works. The two parts of the play, written in 1900, have never been presented together in English on stage, until now. The August Strindberg Repertory Theatre presents a limited engagement of both plays, translated and directed by Robert Greer, at the Theater for the New City.
August Strindberg wrote “The Pelican” for his Intimate Theater in 1907 and penned “Isle of the Dead” immediately after as a prologue. The latter was unpublished until 1918 and rediscovered in the early 1960s, when it was found and promptly dismissed as an incomplete fragment.
Strindberg’s play The Father (1887) offers a proto-Freudian explanation of the unreasonable hatred that can exist between husbands and wives. A free-thinking army captain and scientist would have his daughter educated to be a teacher, while his wife would have her become a painter.