A Dream Play

A Dream Play
By August Strindberg
Adapted and Directed by Rubén Polendo
From Translations by Charlotte Barslund, Walter Johnson, Michael Meyer, Harry G Carlson, Carl Mueller, Evert Sprinchorn and Adaptations by Ingmar Bergman and Caryl Churchill
Additional Text by Rubén Polendo and Theater Mitu
A Theater Mitu Collaboration
Fall 2012

Amidst a fascination with alchemy, eastern thought and Christian mysticism, August Strindberg wrote one of his most enigmatic and emotional plays.  This adaptation focuses on the epic nature of Strindberg's work.  Witnessing each of these characters less like visions of some impending future, but more as creatures from a collective mythology that explores love, suffering, struggle, and above all, the ability to acknowledge that what defines us also confines us.  Using Theater Mitu's Whole Theater approach, this piece energizes the text with acrobatic physicality, modernist design and an impactful live music score, as well as strains of Japanese Butoh, Noh, and Indian Kathakali.

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Associate Producer:Tyler Penfield
Scenic Design: Rubén Polendo and Scott Spahr
Costume Design: Judi Olson
Choreography and Object Design: Scott Spahr
Lighting Design: Carly McCollow
Light Board Operator: Jimmy Lawlor
Dramaturg: Kevin Riordan
Asst. Dramaturg: Matthew Ford
Original Music: Ellen Reid
Original Songs: Adam Cochran
Mask Design: Lori Petermann
Musicians: Maté Bede-Fazekas, Ellen Reid, Adam Cochran and Emlyn Van Eps
Stage Manager: Lizzy Lee
Asst. Prod. Coordinator: Vanessa Banta
Project Manager: Gaar Adams


Performed by:
 Julianna Bloodgood, Denis Butkus, Adam Cochran, Ryan Conarro, Michael Littig, Justin Nestor, Corey Sullivan and Jennifer Waxman
NYU Abu Dhabi Apprentices: Amani Alsaied, Brook Fowler, Gabriel Burgazzi, Valentina Vela, Oscar Lozano, Cleo Smits, Krushika Uday Patankar, Máté Bede-Fazekas, Hasan Nubulsi and Joi Lee

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