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August Strindberg

To Damascus

Original title: Till Damaskus

Director

Aleksandar Popovski

Opening night

18 December 2010
Main Stage

Duration:

215 minutes inc. interval

The trilogy To Damascus was written in 1898. It exhibited the primary characteristic of Strindbergian expressionism, that of splitting a single personality into several characters, each representing a facet of the whole and together illustrating the conflicts in the mind. All the images and actions in To Damascus are seen through the eyes of ‘The Unknown’, who represents the author himself. This character shares his poverty and his guilt with ‘The Lady’, who represents the author’s wife or wives. The Unknown thinks he recognizes himself in a Beggar and in Caesar, a madman, while other characters, a Doctor, a Confessor and the Lady’s pious Mother, remind him of his guilt. So characters are not used in the usual way as figures who are part of a story. They are agents who together stand for a condition of mankind. (J. L. Styan)
The Biblical title of the play refers to Saul’s journey to Damascus and to his conversion to Christianity, but the play is otherwise autobiographical, darkly translating to the stage Strindberg’s unhappiness of the so-called ‘Inferno’ period which followed his divorce from his first wife in 1891.
The first production of To Damascus was at the Royal Dramatic Theatre Stockholm in 1900.

Creators

Creative team

TRANSLATOR

Darko Čuden

Drama Igralec: Darko Čuden | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Darja Dominkuš

Drama Igralec: Darja Dominkuš | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURGY CONSULTANT

Jelena Mijović

Drama Igralec: Jelena Mijović | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Sven Jonke

Drama Igralec: Sven Jonke | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Jelena Proković

Drama Igralec: Jelena Proković | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER

Boris Benko

Drama Igralec: Boris Benko | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER

Primož Hladnik

Drama Igralec: Primož Hladnik | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Milan Podlogar

Drama Igralec: Milan Podlogar | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Eva Kokalj

Drama Igralec: Eva Kokalj | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Igor SamoborDrama Igralec: Igor Samobor | odpri igralca

Stranger

Silva ČušinDrama Igralec: Silva Čušin | odpri igralca

The Mother / First wife

Tina VrbnjakDrama Igralec: Tina Vrbnjak | odpri igralca

The Abbess / Woman / The Daughter

Janez ŠkofDrama Igralec: Janez Škof | odpri igralca

The Doctor / The Tempter

Marko MandićDrama Igralec: Marko Mandić | odpri igralca

The Beggar / The Confessor

Zvone HribarDrama Igralec: Zvone Hribar | odpri igralca

The Old man / Professor / Magistrate

Awards

2011

Igor Samobor – Borštnik Award for acting also for the role of the Stranger in the production In Damascus performed by the SNT Drama Ljubljana

Festivals

2011

46th Maribor Theatre Festival, Maribor

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