THE GHOST SONATA to Run 10/31-11/9 at Sonoma State

Sonoma State University Dept. of Theatre Arts & Dance presents "The Ghost Sonata" by August Strindberg, directed by Judy Navas.

Audiences will be seated on-stage for an integrated experience when the drama unfurls in "The Ghost Sonata," the groundbreaking modernist play written in 1907 by Swedish playwright August Strindberg. Judy Navas directs this atmospheric play, a mind-blowing masterpiece of modern theater which opens Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31 and plays though Nov. 9, 2013 in Evert B. Person Theatre at Sonoma State University.

This production is perfect for the Halloween season, with its brilliantly designed sets, costumes and eerie black-light projections which create a shadowy, translucent "Tim Burton-like" phantom world - complete with vampires and mummies.

"Perhaps, no other playwright of the early twentieth century is better known for breaking the boundaries of the theatrical conventions of Realism in theatre than Swedish playwright, August Strindberg (1849-1912)," said director Judy Navas. "Strindberg's 'The Ghost Sonata' is much admired but rarely performed because the staging of it is so difficult. It requires a great deal of risk taking on the part of the director, designers, actors and stage technicians to pull it off."

"In this production of 'The Ghost Sonata,' the magic of black-light and projections on body and facial surfaces of the set and actors aims to reveals the subjective minds of these tormented characters and inhabitants of this house of horror who are haunted by their own guilt and of their corruption, thievery and deceitful misdeeds," said Navas.

The show runs Oct. 31 to Nov. 9, 2013; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Nov. 2, Nov. 6, Nov. 7, Nov. 8 & Nov. 9, 2013; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 in the Evert B. Person Theatre, Sonoma State University, 1801 E. Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park, CA 94928. Evert B. Person Theatre and Ives Hall are accessed through the main entrance to Sonoma State University.

Evert B. Person Theatre - From the South entrance on East Cotati Avenue, turn right at the stop sign in front of the information kiosk. Park in Lots E (left) and F (right). Parking passes are $5 and may be purchased from the self-dispenser at the lot entrance.

TICKET PRICES: $10-$17. SSU students free with ID. Admission is free for Sonoma State University students. Regular admission prices are $10 for non-SSU students and seniors; $15 for SSU Faculty and Staff; and $17 for standard admission. Tickets also sold at the door one hour prior to curtain. Tickets are available at the Sonoma State University box office at 707-664-4246 or order tickets online at or go to

PHONE / BOX OFFICE: 707-664-4246. The box office is located in the Student Union building. On performance nights, depending on the performance venue, the Person Theatre or Ives Hall box office will open one hour prior to the event start time. Box office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday thru Friday and one hour prior to all concerts. Contact the box office at 707-664-4246 or email

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