Fall 2017 DETAIL

The Black Glove-A Christmas play for Children

In Strindberg's lyrical fantasy, a lost black glove found in the entryway to a large apartment building the day before Christmas Eve mystically passes through the hands of many of its residents as it bestows a Christmas spirit.  The glove belongs to a young wife who has been mistreating her servants and who is known as "too rich for her own good." She has wrongly accused her maid of stealing the ring, but in actuality it is lodged in the glove. Trouble is, there are only two characters who know this: a Tomte (a mythological elf from Nordic folklore typically associated with the winter solstice and Christmas season) and the Christmas Angel. The angel commands the Tomte to take away the young wife's baby daughter in order to teach the wife a lesson about "what it feels like to lose something," promising to restore the baby as a Christmas gift. In the course of the play, the wife learns humility and discovers her lost father.

The set will be minimal because the primary visuals are projected graphics by Donna Miskend, a children's book illustrator. The actors are Amber Jean Crawford, Crystal Edn, Amy Fulgham, Pilar Garcia, Natalie Menna, Diane Perell, Mary Tierney and Jo Vetter. Production design is by Donna Miskend. Costume design is by Janet Mervin. Lighting design is by Gilbert Pearto. Production Manager is T. Michael Culhane and Stage Manager is Charles Casano

Premium seating is offered for parents to sit in the first row and their children to sit on pillows in front of them. The cost of these tickets is $49 for parent and one child, $59 for one parent and two children, $69 for two parents and two children. The package includes goodie bags for the children. General admission is otherwise $29.

Strindberg wrote the playscript partly in verse (iambic unrhymed) mixed with prose sequences. The translation by Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey renders his lyrical passages in English verse whenever practicable. Strindberg often concludes a scene with rhymed couplets or four rhymed lines and this is followed in the translation. Ms. Harvey's translation has only been produced once to-date: by The August Strindberg Society of Los Angeles (TASSLA) at The Norwegian Seamen's Church in San Pedro December 18-19, 2011.

Anne-Charlotte Hanes Harvey was born in Sweden, educated in Sweden and the U.S. She is a Professor Emerita, School of Theatre, Television and Film, San Diego State University. After years as a theater educator and practitioner, specializing in translating and dramaturging the plays of Ibsen and Strindberg for productions ranging from academic theater to South Coast Rep in Costa Mesa to Broadway, she is now also writing plays.

Robert Greer (director) is founding director of August Strindberg Rep, for which he has directed ten Strindberg plays to-date. He has staged English-language premières of numerous contemporary Scandinavian playwrights, including Sweden's Marianne Goldman, Helena Sigander, Cecilia Sidenbladh, Oravsky and Larsen, Hans Hederberg, Margareta Garpe and Kristina Lugn; Denmark's Stig Dalager and Norway's Edvard Rønning. He has also directed classics by Victoria Benedictsson, Laura Kieler, Anne Charlotte Leffler and Amalie Skram. His productions have been presented at the Strindberg Museum and Strindberg Festival, Stockholm; Edinburgh and NY Fringe Festivals, Barnard College, Columbia University, Rutgers, UCLA; Miranda, Pulse and Theater Row Theaters, La MaMa, Manhattan Theatre Source, Tribeca Lab, Synchronicity, TSI, BargeMusic; and The Duplex in LA. He has also directed plays by Mario Fratti, Sartre and Corneille here in New York. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors' Equity, the Strindberg Society, the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study and Swedish Translators in North America.

Opens Wed, Dec 6 at 2:00 and runs through Sat, Dec 16 on the following schedule:

Wednesday - Saturday Evenings at 7:00pm

Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2:00pm.

Tickets: $29 gen adm. Special seating (front rows): $49 for parent and child, $59 for one parent and two children, $69
for two parents and two children.

Box office: SMARTTIX, 212-868- 4444 

Running time: 75 minutes