The August Strindberg Rep Theatre presents
March 13 - 29, 2015
Previews Friday 8 pm and Saturday 2 and 8 pm, March 13-14
Opening Sunday 2 pm, March 15
Performances Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8 pm, March 18-21 and 25-28
Matinees Saturday and Sunday 2 pm, March 21-22 and 28-29
At the Gene Frankel Theatre
24 Bond Street, New York, NY
Before Hollywood's Queen Christina there was August Strindberg's Kristina. See the role that made Garbo notorious!
KRISTINA is the true story of the scandals leading up to the abdication of Sweden's only queen. Her naturalistic portrayal in this play made Strindberg's name as a revisionist historian and led to vicious attacks on him for the unforgivable sin of telling the truth. We see Kristina struggling against old lovers and former mentors, hiding her impending conversion to Roman Catholicism, putting on ballets to distract from her financial and sexual misconduct, fighting her feminine nature and finally succumbing to it. Kristina wore pants, which were first adopted by women 300 years later; she struggled with a world not ready to accept a strong-willed woman in a position of authority...supreme authority in her case.
A new translation by Wendy Weckwerth premieres here. Director is Whitney Aronson.
Stars Ivette Dumeng as Kristina with Sergio Castillo, Martin Boersma, Brent Shultz, Amy Fulgham,* Jacob Troy, Al Foote III , Steve Shoup,* Eric C. Bailey,* Michael Cirelli and Christine Nyland; stage manager, Hanna Delmore.
Designs by Miriam Crowe, lighting; Jessa-Raye Court, costumes; Mikhail Poloskin, projections and graphics; and Andy Evan Cohen, sound; produced by Robert Greer*, artistic director of the August Strindberg Repertory Theatre.
*These actors and stage manager(s) are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
Produced with the cooperation of Theater Resources Unlimited
Wednesday through Saturday 8 PM, Saturday and Sunday matinees 2 PM
Friday, March 13 through Sunday, March 29, 2015
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students and seniors $12
"What a treat to see this historical drama!
"Ivette Dumeng inhabits the heroine Kristina with aplomb. Dumeng undertakes this demanding role, and without overplaying it, exudes zest and intelligence. She portrays the historical figure’s confidence and misgivings alike. In short, she makes her very, very human.
"The real star of the production, however, is the controversial playwright Strindberg. His Kristina may never enjoy the laurels of Miss Julie. But it will always stand in bold relief in his canon. And attention must be paid." -- Theaterscene.com
"As the free-spirited queen, Ivette Dumeng captures both the arrogance and the vulnerability of a woman who has a towering responsibility that she might not really want. Other standouts in the cast include Brent Shultz as Kristina’s passionate new lover and Amy Fulgham as her loving mother." -- Theatre is Easy
"Ivette Dumeng makes a wonderful Kristina who is attractive, intelligent and behaves like a teenager who throws a wild party when her parents leave town. Jacob Troy, as Magnus, brings a serious parental tone to the court as he watches Kristina play at monarchy. Brent Shultz’s Tott makes sense of an ambiguous character in love with an idea rather than a human being. The large cast solidly supports the play." -- Front Row Center
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August Strindberg (1849-1912)
The August Strindberg Rep Theatre, resident company at the Gene Frankel Theatre, was founded in honor of Sweden's great playwright and is committed to production of his best, and less often performed, plays in new translations and interpretations that illuminate the plays for today's American audience.
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