Event Organizer David Molnar, About The Strindberg Play

From: David M.
Sent on: Friday, October 12, 2012 5:15 PM

I just wanted all of you to know about something: The play that's on the schedule for our group to go and see in April, "The Ghost Sonata" at the Undermain Theatre, is VERY  special.

For one thing, the fact that it is by August Strindberg is reason enough to go see  it. August Strindberg is almost universally considered to  be one of the  greatest  playwrights OF ALL TIME, and he's been a major influence on almost EVERY playwright  who has come along since  him.

But another  big reason to see  this play is the fact that, according to an article  in "The Dallas  Morning News" about a week ago, classic plays  by the  great playwrights  of the  past are almost  never  performed any more, EVEN IN NEW  YORK. The article  said that you really have  to come to Dallas to see something  like this Strindberg  play. And the article went  on to  say, and I've  noticed this  myself, that, for the  most part (plays  by Shakespeare  are  the  only real exception), we are  living  in an age when the classic plays are  ignored and theatre companies are, instead, opting for productions of crowd-pleasers and plays calculated to generate  large ticket sales.

So, my point is, this play  is  something that is a rare  opportunity. You'd likely find  it , or something like  it, hard to find even in New  York! I've  read "The Ghost  Sonata", and  it IS  an amazing work. And The Dallas  Morning  News critic describes it as "one  of the seminal works  of early modern theatre." And, since  our group loves classic movies, we should certainly  enjoy one  of the  great classic plays.

So why  don't  you  mark this  on your calendar  for April and plan to come?  - David Molnar

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