Just because Halloween is over, it doesnt mean there arent any ghosts!
The next production by the WVU Division of Theatre and Dance will be August Strindbergs �€?The Ghost Sonata,�€? a play that evokes the horrors of the subconscious world populated by lost souls and surreal characters.
Directed by WVU Theatre Professor Jerry McGonigle, the play opens in the CreativeArtsCenters Gladys G. Davis Theatre Nov. 15 and runs through Nov. 22.
Strindberg wrote �€?The Ghost Sonata�€? in 1907, shortly after he suffered a psychological breakdown. After that, he began to focus his plays on the metaphor and inner reality of life. �€?The Ghost Sonata�€? was one of the first plays to examine this new territory.
Hovering between fantasy and reality, it is a surreal story of psychological intrigue, with vampires, veiled characters, and doors that lead nowhere.
The play opens outside of a grand home in which a young student speaks to an apparition that only he can see. He then encounters Hummel, an old man, who recruits him as an assistant. During their conversation, the old man learns that the student was born on a Sunday, which, according to Swedish folklore, means he has supernatural powers.
Intrigued, the old man invites the student to dinner where he meets the inhabitants of the house�€a colonel and his wife, their beautiful daughter, and various guests and servants. During the course of the evening, the student falls in love with the daughter, but secrets gradually revealed during the play show that the entire household is both physically and emotionally corrupt.
WVU students in the cast of �€?The Ghost Sonata�€? include: Max Arnaud, Neil Austin, Aaron Crothers, Bobby Leonhard, Fe Mundy, Jennifer Moses, Zack Dulli, Heather Pratt, Andrew Lyons, Carrie Witting, and Jackie Vaughan.
Costume designer is Nicole Frachiseur, set designer is graduate student Jessica Green, and technical director is Victor McQuiston.
The play runs Nov. 15, 16, 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the CAC Gladys Davis Theatre. There will also be matinee performances Nov. 16 and 17 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets for �€?The Ghost Sonata�€? are $12 for the general public; $11 for WVU faculty and staff and senior citizens; and $9 for students and children. For tickets or more information, call the Mountainlair and CAC Box Offices at (304) 293-SHOW.