Is this a dream?: Bishop’s Univer­sity Drama Depart­ment presents Au­gust Strind­berg’s A Dream Play By Jes­sica Buxar and Re­becca Harries

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

One down, one to go! If you’ve missed Shake­speare’s Twelfth Night, or What You Will, fear not, Bishop’s Univer­sity Drama Depart­ment (BUDD) has one more play for you! The Act­ing IV class, di­rected by Re­becca Harries, will be bring­ing Au­gust Strind­berg's A Dream Play to the Turner Stu­dio Theatre in pre­cisely two weeks. In the mind of the dreamer, are all things true or none? The play­wright shows us the jour­ney of god In­dra’s daugh­ter, Agnes, dis­cov­er­ing hu­man life and what bet­ter way to do so than by en­ter­ing a dream, where mem­o­ries, fears and wishes come to­gether and break apart. Sur­real, ab­surd and at times cruel, the play un­folds in strange sounds and images. Mem­o­rably em­bod­ied by the tal­ented class of sec­ond-year stu­dents of the BU Drama pro­gram, the di­rec­tor is pleased with the progress done so far. “The stu­dents are do­ing spec­tac­u­larly well con­sid­er­ing the chal­leng­ing, yet fas­ci­nat­ing plot Strind­berg cre­ated”, says Harries, as her cast and crew gather to be­gin re­hearsal.

Chris Rae plays the Of­fi­cer, one of three dream­ers in this pro­duc­tion. “The char­ac­ter rep­re­sents the youth­ful ver­sion of Strind­berg, yearn­ing for love”, says Rae. With each dream-like tran­si­tion, an­other ver­sion of Strind­berg comes to light. Ed­die Huband and Char­lotte Ver­mue-Peters em­body the Lawyer and the Poet, re­spec­tively, each rep­re­sent­ing a dif­fer­ent time in the play­wright’s life. And along­side each one of these rep­re­sen­ta­tions, a dif­fer­ent Agnes wit­nesses the tor­tured lives of hu­man­ity, ex­claim­ing: “Alas for mankind” when things seem bleak. Zoé Von Tourne­mire, an ex­change stu­dent from Paris, France, is re­ally lik­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence and her role, the Quar­an­tine Mas­ter. “Here, it is dif­fer­ent be­cause you get to build an en­tire show with only your fel­low stu­dents”, says Von Tourne­mire.

If you’re still con­fused as to what the play is like or about, think of it as a kind of “Alice in Won­der­land-es­que” imag­ined world. I’ll leave it at that! A Dream Play runs from Wed­nes­day March 30th to Sun­day April 3rd, at 8:00pm, at the Turner Stu­dio Theatre. Tick­ets are 12$ for adults, 10$ for stu­dents and can be pur­chased at the Cen­ten­nial Theatre Box of­fice, or on show nights. This is a per­for­mance you do not want to miss out on!

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