"The Father" by August Strindberg
November 15 to December 2, 2018
Gene Frankel Theatre

The Father photo
Brad Fryman and Bailey Newman. Photo by James Rucinski.

Newly translated and directed by Robert Greer. A proto-Freudian explanation of the unreasonable hatred that can exist between husbands and wives.

A wife casts doubts as to whether her husband is father of her daughter, in order to maintain control over daughter's academic and religious education. The husband, an army captain, would have daughter educated to be a teacher, while the mother would have her become a painter. The mother manipulates the town Pastor (who happens to be her stepbrother) and the newly arrived town Doctor for her purposes. She uses her erotic influence over the doctor and her readiness to claim that the family lawyer is her child's father to drive her husband into the arms of his old trusted nurse, who straitjackets him.

Brad Fryman* as the Captain
Natalie Menna as the Wife
Daniel Lugo* as the Doctor
Gabe Bettio* as the Pastor
Bailey Newman as the Daughter
Jo Vetter* as the Captain's Old Nurse
Tyler Joseph as the Captain’s Orderly

Costume design by Janet Mervin
Lighting design by Gilbert "Lucky" Pearto


Performed in rotating rep with "#MeThree" by Natalie Menna.