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Department of Theatre and Dance
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
1770 East-West Road
Honolulu, HI 96822

Contact: Jessica L. Jacob, Publicity Director
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December 8, 2003
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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).

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"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

 

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