Stronger " by August Strindberg
November 12 to December 3, 2016 - Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond
Presented by August Strindberg Repertory Theatre in association
with Theater Resources Unlimited.
and "Pariah" were presented as a double-bill (titled
"Pariah" and "The Stronger") directed by Robert
Greer. The evening showcased two of Strindberg's most compelling
one-acts of suspicion and discovery. This double-bill played in
alternating rep with with Strindberg's Arabian Nights play, "Abu
Casem's Slippers." "The Stronger" was newly
translated and adapted by Robert Greer. "Pariah" was
adapted by the cast from the original 1913 translation by Edwin
STRONGER -- L-R: Amber Crawford, Chudney Sykes. Photo by
Stronger" (also 1889) is a well-known, spellbinding short
drama for two actresses, one of whom speaks (Mrs. X), the other
doesn't (Ms. Y). The former concludes over the course of a half
hour that the latter is her husband's lover.
Stronger" was cast with African-American actress Chudney
Sykes and red-headed actress Amber Crawford, who exchanged roles
night-by-night. The play was re-set into contemporary Hollywood.
In one performance, Sunday, November 13, Jarde Jacobs (from the
cast of "Pariah") performed the non-speaking Ms. Y as
translation of "The Stronger" was dedicated to Viveca
Lindfors, who performed the play's American premiere on a double
bill with Strindberg’s “Miss Julie” at the Phoenix
Theatre in 1956.
(1888) is a blackmail scenario between an Swedish archaeologist
(Mr. X) and an American entomologist (Mr. Y). In a dark room with
a thunderstorm brewing, the Mr. Y attempts to blackmail Mr. X
over an accidental killing he had committed years ago, only to
have the tables turned in a diabolical battle of wits. The play
presages the intellectual chess games of 20th century detective
stories and crime novels.
PARIAH -- Michael Bernstein (L) as Mr. Y; Jarde Jacobs (R)
as Mr. X. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
is seldom done is English. It was adapted by the cast from the
original 1913 translation by Edwin Björkman. "The Stronger"
was newly translated and adapted by Robert Greer. Explaining the
concept of the evening, Greer said, "Both plays have a crime
novel element--somebody has a nasty, naughty secret. I couldn't
resist pairing them." He cast both plays with a Caucasian
actor and an African-American actor. "Pariah" featured
Jarde Jacobs as Mr. X and Michael Bernstein as Mr. Y. The adaptation
was played in the year of its writing, 1888, but the setting of
rural Sweden was changed to the hills of Northern California with
Mr. Y, the archeologist, re-imagined as one of the first Black
Americans to achieve a doctoral degree.
program of "Pariah" and"The Stronger."
Photos by Jonathan Slaff.