AUGUST STRINDBERG REP
Strindberg Repertory Theatre, under the direction of Robert Greer,
is committed to productions of the author's best, and less often
performed, plays in new translations and interpretations that
illuminate the plays for today's American audience.
Greer (Founder, Artistic Director) has directed eleven
Strindberg plays to-date for August Strindberg Rep. He has staged
English-language premières of numerous contemporary Scandinavian
playwrights, including Sweden's Marianne Goldman, Helena Sigander,
Cecilia Sidenbladh, Oravsky and Larsen, Hans Hederberg, Margareta
Garpe and Kristina Lugn; Denmark's Stig Dalager and Norway's Edvard
Rønning. He has also directed classics by Victoria Benedictsson,
Laura Kieler, Anne Charlotte Leffler and Amalie Skram. His productions
have been presented at the Strindberg Museum and Strindberg Festival,
Stockholm; Edinburgh and NY Fringe Festivals, Barnard College,
Columbia University, Rutgers, UCLA; Miranda, Pulse and Theater
Row Theaters, La MaMa, Manhattan Theatre Source, Tribeca Lab,
Synchronicity, TSI, BargeMusic; and The Duplex in LA. He has also
directed plays by Mario Fratti, Sartre and Corneille here in New
York. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers
Society, Actors' Equity; the Strindberg Society, the Society for
the Advancement of Scandinavian Study and Swedish Translators
in North America.
Menna (Resident Playwright) is author of "#MeThree,"
a suite of three one-acts ("Hirosshi Me, Me, Me," "Montana"
and "Pause," that was presented by Strindberg Rep in
2018. Her "Committed" was performed in 2017 at the 14th
Street Y. She adapted August Strindberg Rep's production of "Journey
in Light and Shadow" by Stig Dalager for a 2017 production
at Gene Frankel Theatre. She has received awards at Planet Connections
Festivity for her plays "Occasionally Nothing," "Committed"
and "Zen A.M." Her "Roberta!" was presented
twice at United Solo Festival. "Occasionally Nothing"
was also presented by Theater for the New City in the 2018 Dream
Up Festival. Her plays "Roberta!," "I-POD"
and "Zen A.M." have been published by indietheaternow.com.
She is also an actor.
Dumeng (Director) is Producing Artistic Director and
founding member of Nylon Fusion Theatre Company (www.nylonfusion.org)
and a member of The Actors Studio Playwrights Directors Unit and
League of Professional Theatre Women. Among her directing credits
are "Elephant Girl" by John Patrick Shanley and four
plays by Don Nigro: "Marina," "Mata Hari,"
"Jack in the Box" and "Front Porch." She is
also a prolific actor. (SAG/AFTRA)
Slaff (Press Representative) has been an independent
press agent since 1988. Clients have included La MaMa, Theater
for the New City, Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, New Federal
Theatre, Negro Ensemble Company, Czechoslovak-American Marionette
Theatre, The Drilling Company, Workshop Theatre Company, Nuyorican
Poets Cafe, The American Place Theatre, The Glines and Ubu Rep.
His clients have received 17 Obies, three Bessies, Lucille Lortel,
Theater World, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. Success stories
include (while press agent of La MaMa) the launch of Blue Man
Resources Unlimited (TRU) (fiscal sponsor) was organized
in March, 1992 by Bob Ost, the group's current president, Cheryl
Davis, its vice-president, and Gary Hughes, its former treasurer.
TRU was formed to promote a spirit of cooperation and support
within the general theater community by providing information
and a variety of entertainment-related services and resources
that strengthen the capacity of producing organizations, individuals,
producers, self-producing artists and other theater professionals.
We help producers produce.
August Strindberg, 1871
(1849–1912) is Sweden's greatest essayist and playwright,
as well as one of its greatest novelists and poets. The 1881 première
of Master Olof established him as Swedish theatre's great hope,
and The Father, Miss Julie and Creditors, written six, seven and
eight years later fulfilled that hope, though not without some
delay; the first draft of Master Olof was submitted to the Royal
Theatre nine years earlier and Miss Julie made its breakthrough
at André Antoine's Théâtre Libre in Paris,
having been banned by the censors throughout Scandinavia. Max
Reinhardt was his great advocate in the German-speaking world.
Georg Brandes Madame Blavatsky, and philosophers Emanuel Swedenborg,
Friedrich Nietzsche and Søren Kierkegaard were influential
in his thinking and on his writing.
His second play produced
at the Royal Theatre, The Outlaw (1871) brought him an audience
with King Charles XV, who granted him 200 riksdaler toward his
studies and subsequently appointed to a post at the Royal Libaray.
His first wife, Siri von Essen, was married to a count when they
met; she auditioned for the Royal Theatre shortly after and was
engaged so to both "Dramaten" and to Strindberg.
August Strindberg, 1901
His 1879 novel The
Red Room was a satire on Stockholm society — and an enormous
success in Denmark. The next year Siri starred in his third play
for Dramaten, The Secret of the Guild, and in 1881 Master Olaf
(which he had been rewriting for nearly a decade) was his breakthrough
in theatre and at that theater and a success with the critics,
his 1883 Lucky Peter's Journey a success with the public.
Strindberg's 1884 short-story
collection Getting Married resulted in his trial for blasphemy
in Sweden (he retunred from abroad and was acquitted.) He, Siri
and their children resumed an expatriate life. Émile Zola's
naturalism was his next great influence.