VR Blast for Chamber Plays

Please be with us when August Strindberg Rep
offers "The Storm" in rotating repertory with "Burnt House"
at Gene Frankel Theatre in October.

August Strindberg Repertory Theatre invites you to review its productions of "The Storm" and "Burnt House," two of Strindberg's Chamber Plays, which will be running in rep during October at Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street. Both plays are newly translated by Robert Greer, who directs "The Storm." "Burnt House" is directed by Whitney Gail Aronson.

THE STORM -- Standing: Alyssa Simo as the former wife. In mirror: Laurence Cantor as The Minister, Mary Baynard as his housekeeper. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

THE STORM
"The Storm"
is a remarkable picture of old age, depicting an elderly government minister who lives in an apartment in a house where he had once been happy with his divorced wife. Having left her because he was too old for her and having lost access to his daughter in a painful divorce, he is about to be lured into marriage again by a distant cousin who is living as his housekeeper. On a simple level, the play offers the theme "there's no fool like an old fool." It is probably the best of Strindberg's marriage plays and the most directly autobiographical piece in his canon.

"The Storm" will be acted by Laurence Cantor as The Minister, Curtis James Nielson as his diplomat brother and lawyer, Alyssa Simon as Genvieve, his ex­-wife and Mary Baynard as Louise, his housekeeper. Set design is by You­Shin Chen. Lighting design is by Benjamin Ehrenreich. Costume design is by Janet O’Neill.

"The Storm" plays October 4 to 30, 2015, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 PM. The running time is 1:15.

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The Dyer's hands are not clean in "Burnt House" by August Strindberg. Jason Tate as The Dyer. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

BURNT HOUSE
"Burnt House"
is a whodunit about a dyer of fabrics whose house has burned down. There are a number of suspects and anyone could be the culprit. The fire has started gossip; gossip has widened into accusation and all that it rotten has come to light. Into this picture steps The Stranger, an alter-ego for Strindberg himself, who will sort it all out. There is a strong theme of coming home, with the message that you can run away from your problems, but eventually you will have to face your demons.

The actors include Toby MacDonald, Jason Tate, Michael Donaldson, Mark Solari, Madeleine Saidenberg, Brent White and Theodoric Wells. Set design is by You­Shin Chen. Lighting design is by Benjamin Ehrenreich. Costume design is by Janet O’Neill.

"Burnt House" plays October 3 to 29, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 4:00 PM. The running time is 1:15.

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The Chamber Plays ("The Storm," "Burnt House," "The Ghost Sonata", "The Pelican" and "The Black Glove") are Strindberg's last plays. After their debuts in Strindberg's Intimate Theater in Stockholm in 1907-8, he fell into declining health and died in 1911. The plays were written as a set with musical concepts; "The Storm" is Op. 1 and "Burnt House" is Op. 2. Through the years, Sweden's greatest directors have staged both plays and Sweden's leading actors, including Erland Josephson, have acted the part of The Minister in "The Storm."

Selecting from the four Chamber Plays for a month-long examination of Strindberg's final works, August Strindberg Rep chose the two plays in which a house is integral to the dramatic situation. In "The Storm," the building is home to a prominent old government minister, who had lived happily there with a wife he had abandoned. She moves back to it, to the apartment above him, with their daughter and a new husband. In "Burnt House," revelations about the characters manifest physically in the Dyer's house, which before the fire had appeared to be the home of an honorable merchant. After the fire, it turns out to have double walls for smuggling goods. Both productions will seek to emulate the minimalist style productions of Strindberg's Intimate Theatre, which were radical in their time.

REVIEWS OF AUGUST STRINDBERG REP

STRINDBERG'S "PLAYING WITH FIRE," 2012
August Strindberg Repertory Theater has sprung to life with a dapper production of that Swedish master’s obscure comedy, Playing With Fire....earn[ing] points for ambition and adventurousness.
-- New York Times

STRINDBERG'S "EASTER," 2013
an admirable undertaking...These actors make you feel proud of small troupes dedicated to obscure plays.
-- New York Times

GENE FRANKEL THEATRE
24 Bond Street
(between Bowery and Lafayette, East Village)

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