A Dream Play

Definition

Theater

  • A fantasy play by August Strindberg, first performedin Stockholm in 1907. Strindberg wrote the play in 1902 during his'spring in winter' marriage (his third) to the Norwegian actress HarrietBosse (who left him in 1904).

    The play, a passionate phantasmagoria that calls for a castof 46 and such effects as an advocate's office that turns into a churchand then into Fingal's Cave, is rarely performed. A highly poeticexploration of the unreality of existence, it has been called thefirst outstanding work of expressionism. The play ends withStrindberg's oft-quoted line:

    Mankind's to be pitied.
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