August Strindberg Rep Adjusts Dates for MR. BENGT'S WIFE; Will Now Run 9/13-29
Craig Baldwin is Co-Artistic Director of Red Bull Theater and was associate director of its production of Strindberg's "Dance of Death" last season. For Red Bull he has also directed readings of three Strindberg plays, "The Stronger," "Pariah" and Caryl Churchill's version of "A Dream Play." He relates that he jumped at the chance to direct this Strindberg world premiere. Baldwin was the first Australian to graduate from the prestigious acting program at The Juilliard School and has gone on to act and direct extensively in NY and across the U.S. in Theatre, Film and Television. As a director, he has worked with Lincoln Center Theater, Roundabout Theater Company, Classic Stage Company, Atlantic Theater Company, Red Bull Theater, The Juilliard School, Stonington Opera House Arts, Atlantic Theater School, SUNY Purchase College, Shakespeare & Company, Origin Theatre Company, Outhouse Theatre Company (where he is Resident Director) and many more. He directed "The More Loving One" by Cory Conley, which won the Best Play award in the 2011 New York Fringe Festival. His own adaptation of Ingmar Bergman's "Persona" was featured at HERE Arts Center and his adaptation "MacB**h" has been workshopped at Classic Stage Company and at Lincoln Center Theater Directors' Lab. He is co-creator and director of the web series "I [heart] Lucy". He has assisted directors Sam Gold, Brian Kulick, Jesse Berger and Joseph Hardy, among others.
Co-translator Laurence Carr is a writer, director and educator in upstate New York who teaches Dramatic and Creative Writing at SUNY New Paltz. Along with Malin Tybahl, he's created new English translations of Strindberg's plays "Mr. Bengt's Wife" and "Playing With Fire," among others. Over 20 of Carr's plays have been produced throughout the U.S.A. His plays have also premiered in Prague and Warsaw. He's been a guest artist at the University of Linköping in Sweden, The University of Gdansk in Poland and DAMU in the Czech Republic.
Co-translator Malin Tybahl works in New York City as a film and theater actress, a teacher and translator of Swedish and a drama workshop director. Born in Sweden, she studied at Linköping University, Marieborg Folkhögskola (Theater Pedagogue Program), then continued her performance studies in NYC at The Neighborhood Playhouse. She has taught Swedish at NYU in the School of Continual and Professional Studies and served as a Program Coordinator of Youth Drama at the YMCA of Greater New York. Ms. Tybahl has appeared in numerous independent feature and short films, screened internationally.
The actors are Kersti Bryan (as Margit), Eric Percival (as Mr. Bengt), Shawn Fagan (as the Bailiff), Matthew Hurley (as the Confessor), Victoria Blankenship (as Chief Judge's Wife and Abbess) and Samm Todd (as Metta and Witness). Set design is by Angelina Margolis. Lighting design is by Miriam Crowe. Costume design is by Aryeh Lappin.
Coinciding with the run of "Mr. Bengt's Wife," August Strindberg Rep will present free stage readings of three plays from Strindberg's great history cycle, translated by Wendy Weckwerth. (The cycle contains eight or twelve histories, depending on what you read; all were written between 1899 and 1902.)
Mon, Sept 16: "Erik XIV," directed by Linda Nelson
Mon, Sept. 23: "Gustav Adolf," directed by Whitney Aronson
Mon, Sept. 30: "Karl XII," directed by Ivette Dumeng (artistic director of Nylon Fusion Collective).
All these readings are at 7:00 PM in the Gene Frankel Theatre, 24 Bond Street. Admission is free and reservations are not required. August Strindberg Rep will present the entire history cycle as readings over the next two years, three with each of the company's fully-staged productions. For more info, visit the company's website, http://www.strindberg.org.