Cover art: "Die Toteninsel" by Arnold Böcklin

The Ghost Sonata

August Strindberg, translated by Laurence Senelick

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Ghosts drift through Strindberg’s haunted and haunting dreamscape where a student idealizes the inhabitants of a stylish Stockholm apartment building, only to discover that their lives, perhaps even life itself, may be a kind of hell from which salvation can only be achieved through suffering.

Production Info

Cast: 14 total (7 female, 7 male, bit parts)
Full Length Drama (about 90 minutes)
Single Set
Period Costumes
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Press Quotes

“A fairy-tale or fantasy-tale in the present with modern houses.” —August Strindberg

“For all the heterodoxy of style and the fantasy of the action, the play is simple in structure and straightforward in its symbolism. The three compact scenes constitute a statement, a counter-statement, and a conclusion.” —Eric Bentley

“A momentary glimpse of the world through the eyes of madness.” —Maurice Valency

“House of life, death, torment, and desire; the house of troubled shades, a place familiar in great myths as the underworld, the perils of what a hero must face and overcome. All these associations and more envelop the house in THE GHOST SONATA.” —Harry G Carlson

About the Author


  • August Strindberg

    Johan August Strindberg (1849 – 1912) was a Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist, and painter. His most famous plays are THE GHOST SONATA, MISS JULIE, THE DANCE OF DEATH, and THE FATHER. He was a major theatrical innovator, and his psychological dramas were to have a strong influence on future dramatists, among them Eugene O'Neill.

  • Laurence Senelick

    Laurence Senelick is the Director of Graduate Studies, Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory, at Tufts University. He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard. His expertise is in Russian theatre and drama, history of popular entertainment, gender and performance, history of directing, classical theory. Prof. Senelick is the author or editor of more than twenty-five books, the most recent being, Soviet Theatre: A Documentary History; Stanislavsky: A Life in Letters; and The American Stage: Writing on the American Theatre (Library of America) and A Historical Dictionary of Russian Theatre. Others books include: The Chekhov Theatre: A Century of the Plays in Performance and The Changing Room: Sex, Drag, and Theatre, as well as over a hundred articles in learned journals. He is a former Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin. Prof. Senelick was named Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011. Prof. Senelick has been named a Distinguished Scholar by both the American Society of Theatre Research and the Faculty Research Awards Council of Tufts University. He is the recipient of grants and awards from, among others, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has received the Barnard Hewitt Award of the American Society for Theatre Research for The Chekhov Theatre; the George Freedley Award of the Theatre Library Association for The Age and Stage of George L. Fox and The Changing Room; and the George Jean Nathan Award for best dramatic criticism of 2000. He holds the St. George medal of the Russian Ministry of Culture for services to Russian art and scholarship, and is honorary curator of Russian theatre at the Harvard Theatre Collection. He was also awarded a stipend from the TranScript/Mikhail Prokhorov Fund for Translation from the Russian. In 2008 he won the Graduate Teaching award (doctoral level) of the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools and in 2012 the Betty Jean Jones Prize of American Theatre and Drama Society for Distinguished Teaching. He is a widely produced translator of plays from such authors as Chekhov and Feydeau, and director at Tufts of his own translations of The Inspector General, The Bakkhai, and Anything to Declare? He has acted and directed with such organizations as the Poets' Theatre, the Loeb Drama Center, the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Baroque, the Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the revue The Proposition. He recently devised new courses on Cabaret, Theatre and Visual Studies, and Low Comedy and played Beckett's Krapp's Last Tape at the Balch Arena Theatre. His recipes appear in the Bon Appetit cookbooks.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 11/19/2015
Pages 50
ISBN 9780881456370

Special Notes

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