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“Strindberg Tonight”

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Schroeder, Robert (American playwright, 1917-1997), and Jan Henson Dow (American playwright, 19__-____), “Strindberg Tonight,”

a 35-minute satire in English, set in a theatre, 1992,


  •  © 1992 by Robert Schroeder;  •  script/rights available from 203 263-2546, Popular Play Service, P.O. Box 1206, Woodbury, Connecticut 06798, U.S.A., e-mail popplays@wtco.net, telephone (work) 203 263-2546, fax 203 263-6232.  •  Cited by Popular Play Service, via ftp November 10, 1999; Popular Play Service says,

  § Dramatis Personae August Strindberg (m), of indeterminate age, vital, manic and vigorous playwright of Miss Julie; Jean (m), 28, the character in Strindberg’s Miss Julie/the actor rehearsing the role/the director of the rehearsal; Julie (f), 30, the character in Miss Julie/the actress rehearsing the role.

  § Synopsis “At rise, Julie and Jean are rehearsing a scene from Strindberg’s classic drama Miss Julie.  The scene is being played as originally written; but when the script calls for Miss Julie to take the razor and commit suicide because she has gone to bed with her father’s valet, the actress playing Julie rebels—she has no intention of playing so ridiculous a response to a few minutes of sexual indulgence. She convinces her fellow-actor and director that it is long past time this outdated script were rewritten—whereupon she and Jean launch into a series of improvs so outrageously contrary to the author’s intentions that Strindberg is aroused from his grave.  He personally interrupts Julie’s and Jean’s sacrilege, and a Strindbergian battle of the
sexes ensues, enhanced by the differences between 19th- and 20th-century views. After multitudinous twists and turns, an indestructible Miss Julie leads a resigned Jean and a consciousness-raised Strindberg into the 21st century.

  § Comment “Winner of The Henrico Theatre Company (Virginia, U.S.A.) national One-Act Playwriting Competition, and the National Playwriting competition conducted by The University of Arkansas (U.S.A.); chosen for the Mark Twain Masquers Playwriting Competition (Connecticut, U.S.A.), and the Theatre Company New Plays, New York City. Requires no set and only carry-on props.  The action occurs in a single scene.”

  § Themes art, battle of the sexes, biography, class, death, feminism, Miss Julie, mores, playwriting, razor, rebellion, Strindberg.

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