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 email@example.com. • 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.
“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
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.”
1885, classic drama, homage, Ibsen
(Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian dramatist, 1828-1906), Norway, Rosmersholm,
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