- A tragedy by August Strindberg, written in 1887 and first performed in Berlin in 1890. It marked the transition from his early works, which are mainly rural farces and historical dramas, to the major plays in which he explores the depths of sexual conflict. In doing so it prepared the way for his masterpiece, Miss Julie. Written during the first of Strindberg's three unhappy marriages, the misogynistic drama portrays Laura's callous manipulation of her husband, the Captain, in order to gain custody of their daughter. This eventuallycauses the Captain to become insane.