(A Dream Play)
Premiere: April 24, 1986
Playwright: August Strindberg
Director: Ingmar Bergman
The primary character in the play is Agnes, a daughter of
the Vedic god Indra. She descends to Earth to bear witness to problems
of human beings. She meets about 40 characters, some of them having a
clearly symbolical value (such as four deans representing theology,
philosophy, medicine, and law). After experiencing all sorts of human
suffering (for example poverty, cruelty, and the routine of family
life), the daughter of gods realizes that human beings are to be pitied.
Finally, she returns to Heaven and this moment corresponds to the
awakening from a dream-like sequence of events.