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Sanders, DJ (American playwright, teacher, 1973-____), “White Horses,”

a 40-minute prequel in four scenes to Ibsen’s Rosmersholm in English, set in the living room of Rosmersholm, Norway, June, 1885,


  •  © 1998;  •  script/rights available from DJ Sanders. Web address with sample at http://djsanders.fictioncity.com, e-mail djsanders@terra.es.  •  Cited by DJ Sanders via e-mail, December 22, 1998; Sanders says,

  §  Dramatis Personae “Rebekka West (f), longtime guest at Rosmersholm. She has taken on the responsibilities of overseeing the house and assisting Johannes Rosmer with his studies; Mrs. Helseth (f), the housekeeper; Beate Rosmer (f) wife to Johannes Rosmer and good friend to Rebekka West.

  §  Synopsis “Over three days, Rebekka West slowly dominates Beate Rosmer, bewitching and controlling her. The unfortunate housekeeper, Mrs. Helseth, witnesses her mistress’ demise.

  §  Comment “Henrik Ibsen’s play Rosmersholm explores one household plagued with demon-like apparitions known as white horses, which predict death. In that play, Johannes Rosmer’s wife, Beate, throws herself from the bridge into the mill-race. Rebekka West, an extended house guest in the Rosmer’s home, was to blame for Beate’s suicide. But Ibsen never revealed how Rebekka drove Beate to insanity, pushing her over the edge. ‘White Horses’—a prequel to Ibsen’s Rosmersholm—explores this very issue and poses one answer to this ‘how’ question. Written in four scenes to mimic Ibsen’s four-act play, ‘White Horses’ maintains the same language, symbolism, and characterizations found in Rosmersholm. ‘White Horses’ premiered as the closing piece of (In)tangible Objects—Three One-Acts Exploring the Darker Side of Humanity. Enjoying and understanding ‘White Horses’ requires no prior knowledge of Rosmersholm or Ibsen’s work in general. In fact, seeing ‘White Horses’ prompted many audience members to read Rosmersholm.  •  ‘While Horses’ has been performed off-off-Broadway and the script was acquired by the National Library of Norway, in Oslo, and it is part of
the Ibsen Archive Collection now.”

  §  Themes 1885, classic drama, homage, Ibsen (Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian dramatist, 1828-1906), Norway, Rosmersholm, suicide.

See also DJ Sanders’
  • People Watching,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set anywhere, now, 2m, 2f, or 1m1f
  • The Present,” a 30-minute absurdist comedy-drama in English, set in Raspberry’s apartment, 1997, 2m, 2f, or 1m1f
  • Three Bullets,” a 35-minute drama in English, set in the Richard’s bedroom, late evening, 1997, 2m1f
  • Very Experimental: a play about you,” a 10-minute absurdist comedy in English, set in two seats in a theatre, 1997, 2m, 2f, or 1m1f
  • Vacas Locas: An Ode to Mad Cow Disease,” a 10-minute comedy in English, set in an open field in the United States, day, 2001, 2m, 2f, or 1m1f
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