With great sadness, the editors inform the community of the passing of Harry Carlson, one of our most distinguished Strindberg scholars and translators.
Harry G. Carlson 1930-2012
Harry G. Carlson, respected professor of theatre history and modern drama and internationally renowned scholar and translator of Swedish literature, died on 22 December 2012 in Stony Brook Hospital, NY, age 82. He is best known as a leading authority on the works of August Strindberg and Lars Forsell, and as one of the greatest Strindberg scholars who above all others transformed public perception of the Swedish playwright from a peculiar Swede to a foundational figure of literary modernism. Carlson’s books and scholarly articles were published both in English and Swedish and were translated into many other languages. His most influential books include Strindberg and the Poetry of Myth (1982) and Out of Inferno: Strindberg’s Reawakening as an Artist (1996). He left behind a yet unpublished manuscript on August Strindberg as a painter and his relationship to French artists and art colonies of his time. He also translated many scholarly works from Swedish into English, including August Strindberg by Martin Lamm and “The Art of Acting” by Frederick Schyberg, which became classic texts for students of drama and theatre worldwide. Harry Carlson’s highly praised play translations (to be found in his Strindberg: Five Plays and in Modern Nordic Plays: Sweden, among other published volumes) continue to be widely read and produced by theatre companies internationally. He also had a life-long engagement with the theatre and worked on productions both in Sweden and in the US as dramaturg and simultaneous interpreter.
Harry Carlson was a passionate teacher and educator and will be missed by generations of students who were mentored by him and were inspired by his great enthusiasm for his subject and his generosity and dedication to his students. After earning his Ph.D. at Ohio State University he taught at various universities in Illinois and Georgia, and finally at the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance at Queens College and the Ph.D. Program in Theatre at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Even after retiring form CUNY, he remained active as a teacher until his death, lecturing on Shakespeare for enthusiastic groups of students on Long Island, most recently at the Amagansett Public Library, while residing in his home in East Hampton.
Born in New York City, Harry Carlson was raised in the Bronx, was drafted upon graduating from high school, and served in the Korean War. In 1957 he married Carolyn Peterson, his wife for more than 50 years. For his achievement as scholar and translator he was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Umeå University, Sweden (1990), and was recipient of many prestigious honors and awards, including the Guggenheim Fellowship (1966), and fellowships from the American-Scandinavian Foundation. He was a staunch believer in social justice, fairness, and democracy, and his warm and generous spirit will live on in his works and in the hearts of his family, colleagues, friends, and students. He is survived by his wife Carolyn. It is fitting to say goodbye with the words of his beloved poet, Shakespeare:
“Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince: And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”
Funeral services were held Friday, 28 December, 2012, at St Michael’s Lutheran Church, Amagansett NY.
NEW AND UPCOMING EVENTS
to be announced
Boston Area, Winter 2012
based on August Strindberg’s A Dream Play
Performances: Dec. 7-9 & 14-16, Entrance Times: 7:30pm, 7:45pm, 8:00pm….
Audiences are invited to join Indra’s Daughter, Agnes, on her journey to earth as she discovers human suffering. Your journey will be guided by her, but you may take your own path.
Adapted and Directed by: Tara Brooke Watkins
Visual Design (Costumes, Set, Hair/Makeup) by: Stacey Stephens
Choreographed by: Julie Dauber. Sound Design by: Lauren Bowen, Performed at the Quincy YMCA in downtown Quincy, located at 79 Coddington St. Quincy, MA 02169. For more information and to order tickets go to http://www.pariahtheatre.com/
Read about the production in the Boston Globe and The Milton Times.
A Strindberg Christmas
presented at the Scandinavian Cultural Center
206 Waltham Street, Newton, MA
Friday, December 14, 1:30 pm
Refreshments will be served, Free and open to the public
Street parking available
A performance of Strindberg’s one-act play The Stronger and a dramatic reading from The Red Room, Strindberg’s breakthrough novel, a satirical look of the lives of artists, politicians and actors in 1870s Stockholm. Both pieces depict the lives of theatre people.
Performed by Allison Vanouse and Judith Kalaora
The Red Room
A dramatic reading with
Conor Seamus Moroney
New translations and direction by Ulrika Brand
on Saturday, December 15th at 8 pm,
at Outpost 186, 186 1/2 Hampshire Street, Inman Square, Cambridge
an evening of Strindberg and Bergman
by August Strindberg
translated and directed by Ulrika Brand
performed by Allison Vanouse and Lauren Eicher
costumes by Amanda Maciel Antunes
and a screening of
starring Bibi Anderson and Liv Ullmann
The Stronger–a short play–will be performed twice, with the actresses switching roles, and will offer different interpretations of the same material. We will follow with coffee, wine and conversation. Who is the stronger? What do actors do to compete on stage? How did Strindberg influence Bergman? And then we will watch Bergman’s classic film. Please join us.
December 2012, New York
South African Mies Julie takes New York City by Storm
“Mies Julie,” adapted and directed by Yael Farber, transposes Strindberg’s 1888 tale of love, class and madness into contemporary South Africa.
The production has received rave reviews and inspired several New York Times articles:
Written and directed by Yael Farber, based on “Miss Julie,” by August Strindberg; sets and lighting by Patrick Curtis; music and sound by Daniel and Matthew Pencer; costumes by Birrie le Roux; production manager, Mr. Curtis; stage manager, Anri Schoeman. Presented by the Baxter Theater Center at the University of Cape Town, Lara Foot, producer; in association with South African State Theater; at St. Ann’s Warehouse, 29 Jay Street, at Plymouth Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn, (718) 254-8779, stannswarehouse.org. Extended through Dec. 16. Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes. http://www.stannswarehouse.org
WITH: Hilda Cronje (Julie), Bongile Mantsai (John), Thoko Ntshinga (Christine) and Tandiwe Nofirst Lungisa (Ancestor/Singer/Musician).
May 2012 — Caracas, Venezuela
The Caracas Strindberg Project
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of August Strindberg’s death on May 14, Hebu Teatro will stage two of his major works: Miss Julie and The Pelican.
Both plays will run, in double bill, from May 17 to June 17, 2012, at the Sala Dos of the Romulo Gallegos Center for Latin American Studies (CELARG), Avenida Luis Roche, Altamira, Caracas. Tickets may be purchased at the theatre’s box office. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org . In addition, the following programs will take place:
May 23 – Tragedy and Realism in Strindberg: A Confrontation, conference by Prof. Costas Palamides
- Strindberg, Tropical Duo, staged reading of excerpts from Comrades, Creditors and The father
May 29 – The Father, staged reading by ARTEU
May 30 – Strindberg’s Catechism, conference by playwright Xiomara Moreno
Hebu Teatro was established in 2008. Its mission is to enrich the Caracas theatre scene with the staging of important works by contemporary and classical playwrights from around the world. In its short lifespan it has already staged several major productions. These are: The Night of the Tribades, by Per Olov Enquist; The Rules of Good Manner in Modern Society, by Jean-Luc Lagarce; The Party, by Spiro Scimone; ‘Night, Mother, by Marsha Norman; Eight Women, by Robert Thomas and The Sickness of Youth, by Ferdinand Bruckner. In 2011 it organized a number of events to commemorate Tennessee Williams’ Centenary. This included the presentation of A Streetcar Named Desire; Talk to me Like the Rain (Seven Short Plays); Bad Behavior, a show based on Williams’ short stories, and 30 film fora on films based on his plays or scripts.
Guest director Orlando Aroch is a University of Paris Ethnology graduate and is one of Venezuela’s most celebrated theatre directors. He has directed works by classical authors (Shakespeare, Garcia Lorca, Tennessee Williams, Marivaux, Calderon de la Barca, Goldoni, among others) and contemporary playwrights (Sarraute, Lagarce, Berkoff, Schimmelpfenning, Rodrigo Garcia, Nicholas Wright, Mishima, Dea Loher, Carballido, Fassbinder, Scimone, Muller, etc). He has undertaken the stage direction of more than twenty operas and has been invited to direct in Brazil, France and Portugal. For many years he headed the Department of Scenic Arts at Venezuela’s Central University, where he still lectures. He has been Scenic Arts Director of Caracas’ Ateneo (a major cultural center), directing its Short Operas seasons and ten editions of the Caracas International Theatre Festival. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Order of Chevallier des Artes et Lettres of France. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Teatro del Contrajuego.
May 2012 — Los Angeles
The August Strindberg Society of Los Angeles (TASSLA)
with the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and the Swedish Council of America
STRINDBERG & CINEMA – A FILM FESTIVAL
Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the death of Swedish playwright August Strindberg.
May 8 – The Actor and Strindberg
“Strindberg at the Movies” clip
“The Stronger” starring Susan Strasberg, Delores Dorn. Directed by Lee Grant.
“Motherlove” starring Janice Greene, Duncan Ollerenshaw, Hillary Taylor and Patrick Masurkevitch. Directed by Anthony Azzopardi.
Moderated Speaker Panel
“Strindberg & Helium” Award Winning Cartoons –
“Dance of Death” starring Laurence Olivier, Geraldine McEwan, Robert Lang. Directed by David Giles.
May 15 – Bergman on Strindberg
“Strindberg at the Movies” clip
“A Dream Play” starring Ingrid Thulin, Uno Henning, Allan Edwall, Olof Widgren. Directed by Ingmar Bergman.*
Moderated Speaker Panel
“Strindberg & Helium” Award Winning Cartoons -
“After The Rehearsal” starring Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Lena Olin. Directed by Ingmar Bergman.
May 22 – Bridging the Gap in Classic Theater
“Strindberg at the Movies” clip
“The Father” starring Felton Perry, Peggy Ann Blow, Henry G. Sanders, Mark Conley, Karen ffolkes, Masequa Myers and Dig Wayne. Directed by David Patch. Winner of the NAACP Image Award, Best Production Small Theater 2000.
Moderated Speaker Panel
“Strindberg && Helium” Award winning cartoons
“Miss Julie” starring Anita Björk, Ulf Palme, Märta Dorff, Lissi Alandh, Anders Henrikson, Inga Gill, Åke Fridell, Kurt-Olof Sundström, Max von Sydow, Margaretha Krook, Åke Claesson, Inger Norberg, Jan Hagerman. Directed by Alf Sjöberg. Winner of the Cannes Grand Prix 1951.
The Silent Theater
611 North Fairfax Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90036
Doors open at 7:00
Reservations: (323) 769-6263
$15.00 suggested donation
(No one will be turned away for lack of funds.)
*Classic Swedish film acting, undubbed and with complete text supplied–no subtitles!
Schedule subject to change.
Spring 2012 New York, New York
May 18 to June 5, 2012
The August Strindberg Repertory Theatre and the Negro Ensemble Company (executive director Leslie Lee) will present a co-production of Playing With Fire, in a translation by Ulrika Brand, directed by Robert Greer. The play opens Friday, May 18th, and closes on Sunday, June 5th, 2012 at the New School for Drama, 151 Bank Street, in the West Village. Performances will be 7:30 PM Wednesday through Saturday and 3 PM for the Sunday matinees (no performances Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, May 26-27th). For performance schedule and to purchase tickets please go to Strindberg.org.
Summer/Fall 2012 New York, New York
Rabbit Hole Ensemble presents
A DAY IN AUGUST
adapted from the novella “Alone” by August Strindberg
devised by Rabbit Hole Ensemble
directed by Edward Elefterion
Adapted from Strindberg’s final novella “Alone”, A DAY IN AUGUST is a new theatre piece inspired by Strindberg’s dramatic experiments with structure and theme.
Strindberg’s vigorous imagination was stimulated by whatever material he found around him: his dreams, daily observations of his neighbors and strangers, real (and imagined) encounters with lovers, enemies and friends, even his deep feeling for the power of music. A DAY IN AUGUST invites audiences to spy in secret on Strindberg and his private experiences over the course of a single day.
$18, November 1 – 18
Thurs – Sat, 8pm / Sun, 2pm
Jewel Box Theater (312 W. 36th Street, 4th Floor)
SPECIAL IN-PROCESS PREVIEW SHOWINGS
8pm on June 22, 23, 29, 30
BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 421 5th Ave (8th St)
www.rabbitholeensemble.com for more info
Fall 2012 San Francisco
Cutting Ball Theatre to present August Strindberg’s Five Chamber Plays in Repertory; festival to feature new translations by Paul Walsh.
Fall 2012 Urbana, Illinois
Directed by Chicago director Max Truax and produced in collaboration with the University of Illinois Department of Theatre, A Dream Play will be performed October 25-November 4, 2012 at the Studio Theatre in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, Illinois.
For information about the performance venue and to purchase tickets, see http://www.krannertcenter.com<http://www.krannertcenter.com/>/
Lectures and workshops by Strindberg scholars and theatre practitioners will be organized in conjunction with the production. More information is available from Anna Westerstahl Stenport, email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>
To read more about emerging director Max Truax and his experimental productions, see a recent interview in Chicago Timeout http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/theater/7559501/innovative-director-max-truax-interview
Please join us for a symposium commemorating Strindberg as author, visual artist, and playwright on Friday March 23 at Rochester Institute of Technology (http://www.rit.edu). All parts of the event, including a staged reading of Strindberg’s play ‘Playing with Fire,’ are free and open to the community and the public. Access services will be provided.
Sessions with invited talks, responses, a panel discussion, and a book exhibit:
When: Friday, March 23, 2012. Time: 8:30 am – 3 pm
Where: Bamboo Room (room 2650), Student Alumni Union
Staged reading of ‘Playing with Fire’, followed by Q&A and a wrap-up reception:
When: Friday, March 23, 2012. Time: 3:15 pm
Where: Fireside Lounge (room 1550), Student Alumni Union
Questions? Please contact Dr. Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm: email@example.com (475-7327).
Sponsored by the Swedish Institute, RIT’s College of Liberal Arts, Department of English, Department of Fine Arts, SPAS, and Foundations Department.
Crimes and Crimes in new translation/adaptation to be performed March 1-10 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
A new translation and contemporary adaptation of August Strindberg’s black comedy Crimes and Crimes by Ulrika Brand will premiere as a staged reading in conjunction with Harvard University’s Strindberg Symposium in March.
The play will be performed Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 pm, the first two weekends of March (March 1,2,3 and 8,9,10) hosted by INVIVIA, located a short walk from the Harvard campus at 1684 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge 02138, next door to Rafiki Bistro. Seating is limited; reservations are required; the suggested donation is $12/adults, $6/seniors, free/students with ID: CrimesandcrimesRSVP@strindbergfestival.com
This new translation/adaptation of Crimes and Crimes transposes the play’s action 100 years from fin-de-siècle Paris to Los Angeles at the end of the millenium. The central character is a screenwriter, Bernard, who, after years of struggling on the fringes of the movie business, finally sells a screenplay, changing his life “overnight.” What follows is a suspenseful tale of “success” and its repercussions. Strindberg’s preoccupation with the battle of the sexes is center stage along with questions of guilt and what constitutes a crime.
The staged reading will be performed by Bill Barclay (Actors Shakespeare Project), Jaime Robert Carrillo (former member, Classical Theatre of Harlem), Jennifer O’Connor (company member, Whistler in the Dark), Judith Kalaora (Oleanna, Contemporary Theatre of Boston), Lisa Rowe Beddoe (Arcadia, New Century Theatre, Northampton), Sally Nutt (Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Lyric Stage), Don Tempesta and Megan White under the direction of Ulrika Brand (member, Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab). Visual design is by Marina Sartori.
Harvard University to Present Strindberg Symposium March 2 and 3, 2012 The symposium is free and open to the public, taking place at the Barker Center on the Harvard campus. Featured speakers and workshop participants include: Ture Rangström, Artistic Director, Strindberg’s Intimate Theater in Stockholm; Robert Brustein, Professor Emeritus of English, Harvard University and Founder of the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge; Anna Westerståhl Stenport, Director of Scandinavian Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Eszter Szalczer, Director of History, Literature and Criticism, Theatre Department, SUNY Albany; David Krasner, Associate Professor of Performing Arts, Emerson College; Víctor Grovas, Associate Professor, Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, México. Roundtable discussions will be moderated by Harvard professor of Scandinavian and Folklore Steven Mitchell and Ulrika Brand. Topics will include Strindberg and Modernism and the reception of Strindberg’s plays in the United States, as well as Mexico, and their influence on such American playwrights as Eugene O’Neill, Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee. For a complete schedule of events, see http://www.scandinavianstudiesharvard.com/site/Strindberg.html
This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Coordinating Committee for Nordic Studies Abroad (SNU) as part of the Scandinavian Program’s “Nordic Environments” series; a Harvard Provostial Funds grant; and a visiting speaker grant from the Swedish Institute in Stockholm.
Sweden Launches Comprehensive Web site for “Strindberg Year”
A new Swedish Web site, http://strindberg2012.se, launched on December 1st, 2011, gathers information from Sweden and all over the world about Strindberg activities taking place during Strindberg’s centennial year.
The site was created as a collaboration between the Swedish Cultural Council, the city of Stockholm, Stockholm’s Stadsteater (City Theatre) and the Swedish Institute and is supported by public funds of a million Swedish kronor (about $150,000). The Swedish site features our Web site, www.strindbergfestival.com, as one of its 10 primary links (see http://strindberg2012.se/index.php/sv/laenkar).
Strindberg Symposia and Panels Announced by Major Academic Centers for 2012
Major academic institutions and organizations around the United States have announced that August Strindberg will be a focus next year, 2012, the centennial of his death. Harvard University will present a two-day Strindberg Symposium, the Modern Language Association will include two Strindberg panels in its January convention, and the American Comparative Literature Association features a Strindberg seminar in its annual meeting at Brown University. In addition, the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies will present scholarship on “Strindberg and Radicalism” and the Association of Swedish Teachers and Researchers will present a one-day symposium on “Strindberg on Stage” at UC Berkeley. Rochester Institute of Technology will offer a one-day event entitled “2012 Symposium Commemorating August Strindberg: Author, Visual Artist, and Playwright.” Williams College will release details of its Strindberg plans in the near future.
In chronological order, here are the events announced so far:
The Modern Language Association convention in Seattle (January 5-8, 2012) will present two Strindberg panels: “Strindberg and Modernism” and “Modern and Premodern Forms in August Strindberg.”
Harvard University’s Department of Scandinavian Languages will host a two-day public Strindberg Symposium March 2-3, 2012, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, organized by Ursula Lindqvist and Steve Mitchell. The event will feature scholars, theatre practitioners and students and will include a performance and reading of Strindberg works.
“2012 Symposium Commemorating August Strindberg: Author, Visual Artist, and Playwright” will be presented at Rochester Institute of Technology from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm on March 23, 2012. The symposium will feature invited talks with respondents, additional short talks, a moderated panel discussion, a staged reading of Playing With Fire, and a book exhibit. This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Swedish Institute and co-sponsored by RIT’s College of Liberal Arts and College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Please contact Dr. Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm with questions about the symposium. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: (585) 475-7327.
“100 Years Later: Strindberg the Modern?” will be the subject of a seminar at the American Comparative Literature Association’s conference at Brown; the Strindberg seminar is organized by Leonardo Lisi (Johns Hopkins University), Arnold Weinstein (Brown University). The American Comparative Literature Association’s 2012 Annual Meeting will take place at Brown University, Providence, RI from March 29th to April 1st, 2012.
The Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies’ annual meeting at Salt Lake City, UT, May 3-5, 2012, will have a “stream”: “Strindberg and Radicalism–Strindberg and the Avant-garde,” organized by Anna Stenport and Eszter Szalczer. (CFP posted in SASS News and Notes.)
ASTRA, the Association of Swedish Teachers and Researchers in America, is planning a “Strindberg on Stage” one-day symposium at UC Berkeley in conjunction with the ASTRA meeting October 12-14, 2012. Björn Meidal will be the keynote speaker. The Cutting Ball Theatre will present a preview of The Ghost Sonata on Oct 12.
Stockholm’s Stadsteater (City Theatre) announces its program for the Strindberg centennial year, beginning with three productions in the fall of 2011: Playing With Fire, The Dance of Death and Miss Julie. In the spring of 2012 the theatre will present A Dream Play, directed by Mattias Andersson, To Damascus, directed by Etienne Glaser, the Ockult Diary, directed and adapted by Ole Anders Tandberg, and P.O. Enquist’s Night of the Tribades, directed Thommy Berggren. An adaptation of Strindberg’s novel Hemsöborna (The People of Hemsö) conceived and directed by Alexander Mørk-Eidem will be the finale. In addition, The Stadsteater will co-present with Radioteatern (the Radio Theatre) a marathon beginning 11 am New Year’s Day, 2012, of all Strindberg’s 64 plays in order. To read more (in Swedish) go to Dagens Nyheter.
The Railroad Playhouse in Newburgh, New York presented a staged reading of Mr. Bengt’s Wife, in a new translation by Laurence Carr and Malin Tybahl, on Saturday, August 27, 2011. Details at http://www.rrplayhouse.org
San Francisco: Cutting Ball Theater announces Grant/Strindberg Cycle Company receives $150,000 grant from Barbro Osher Pro Suecia to present August Strindberg’s Chamber Plays in Repertory; festival to feature new translations by Paul Walsh. More details at http://www.starkinsider.com/2011/05/san-francisco-cutting-ball-theater-announces-grantstrindberg-cycle.html
Juliette Binoche to star in Strindberg’s Mademoiselle Julie at the Barbican 2012 as part of the Olympics arts festival in London: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/may/24/barbican-unveils-olympics-arts-festival
(View Calendar for specific times/dates/locations)
2012 Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts
January 29th, 2012, 7 pm, a reading of Dance of Death presented by the Strindberg 2012 Festival and the Dept. of Performing Arts at Emerson College. At the Jackie Liebergott Theatre at the Paramount Theatre, 555 Washington Avenue, Boston, the reading features members of the Emerson faculty. Strindberg’s Dance of Death will be performed by David Krasner, Mara Radulovic, Peter Josephson, Michelle Banning, and Jennifer Hicks, in a new translation by Anne-Charlotte Harvey, directed by Scott Fielding. The reading is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, RSVP required: email@example.com.
March 2-3, 2012, Harvard University will present a public symposium on Strindberg organized by Ursula Lindqvist and Stephen Mitchell. Details above.
A staged reading of Strindberg’s 1899 black comedy, Crimes and Crimes in a new translation and contemporary adaptation by Ulrika Brand will be performed in conjunction with the Harvard Strindberg Symposium in March 2012. Details above.
The Phoenix Theatre Ensemble is presenting “Strindberg: Mad Modern Master Staged Readings Series.” The series began in October 2011 with a production of The Father, and will continue with The Stronger & Other Shorts in February 2012, and The Dance of Death in May 2012. In addition, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble has a special offer for members of the any Strindberg-related societies (for example, TASSLA). To receive $10 OFF the reserved ticket price (regularly $25) they may order using the code STRINDISCOUNT when purchasing through the Web site http://www.phoenixtheatreensemble.org or by calling 212.352.3101.
For more information: http://www.phoenixtheatreensemble.org/events/staged_reading_series.html
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