Theatre and Dance
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1770 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
L. Jacob, Publicity Director
Phone: (808) 956-2598
Fax: (808) 956-4234
Box Office: (808) 956-7655 (v/t)
December 8, 2003
UHM’S “THE GHOST SONATA”- A DARK GLIMPSE BEHIND THE MASK
The University of Hawai‘i at M~noa’s
Department of Theatre and Dance presents "The Ghost Sonata" by August
Strindberg, directed by UHM Master of Fine Arts candidate Jennifer Goodlander.
Goodlander’s version of the Strindberg classic employs the exquisite
stylizations of Japanese theatre to explore the darker side of beauty.
Strindberg wrote "The Ghost Sonata" to delve into the psyche, cast away
superficial masks and reveal that which desires to be hidden: our skeletons in
the closet, our private ghosts. "The Ghost Sonata," will be performed in the
Earle Ernst Lab Theatre January 14, 15, 16, 17 at 8 p.m. and Sunday,
January 18 at 2 p.m. The Friday, January 16th performance will be
followed by a post-show discussion.
Playwright August Strindberg (1849-1912) wrote his chamber
plays as a five-work cycle. The centerpiece of Strindberg’s chamber plays, "The
Ghost Sonata," demonstrates his fascination with humanity. Written in a style
similar to music, he referred to the plays as opuses. Goodlander was inspired to
integrate aspects of Japanese noh theatre to emphasize the expressionistic and
ghostly side of the play. "Noh is like poetry," says Goodlander, "haunting in
its simplicity, a little movement says so much. It is a perfect fit for a play
about emotion and ideas rather than a conventional linear story." Goodlander
spent the summer of 2003 in preparation for "The Ghost Sonata" at the famous Noh
Training Project in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, under the tutelage of Richard
Emmert. Goodlander currently employs vocal work from noh and kyogen and movement
elements from nihon buyoh to further engender the cast with a new collaborative
aesthetic. The cast has been training and rehearsing since October to perfect
the difficult movement style, which also includes fans and masks.
This is Jennifer Goodlander’s second directorial project
in the Ernst Earle Lab this season. "The Ghost Sonata" is an extreme departure
from the recently completed work "Masked Balls: a story of sex, lies, and
measuring tape," also directed by Goodlander. "Masked Balls" leaned toward
farce, sexual and governmental politics, and witticism. Goodlander illustrates
her range as a director by changing focus to the Asian-fusion mindscape of "The
Ghost Sonata," which according to Goodlander, will be "creepy-spooky-alarming...
but also very beautiful."
Tickets for “The Ghost Sonata” go on sale Monday, January 12 at the Kennedy Theatre Box Office. Tickets may be purchased in person or charged-by-phone at 956-7655 (voice/text) Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 regular, $8 non-UHM students, seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, $3 UHM students with valid Spring 2004 UHM photo ID. For more information, charge-by-phone, or disability access, call the Kennedy Theatre Box office at 956-7655 (voice/text).
"The Ghost Sonata"
When: January 14, 15, 16*, 17 at 8pm
Sunday, Jan. 18 at 2pm *post-show rap
Where: UHM's Earle Ernst Lab Theatre
Cost: $10 regular, $8 non-UHM students, seniors, military, UH faculty/staff, $3 UHM students w/valid Spring 2004 UHM ID