After the Rehearsal

Saturday, November 17, 5:00 p.m.

2012 is the “Strindberg year” in commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of the death of one of the world’s most influential playwrights. Strindberg’s plays are being performed in new translations and productions all over the world.

Rational, exacting, and self-controlled theater director, Henrik Vogler, often stays after rehearsal to think and plan. On this day, Anna comes back, ostensibly looking for a bracelet. She is the lead in his new production of Stindberg's "A Dream Play." She talks of her hatred for her mother, now dead, an alcoholic actress, who was Vogler's star and lover. Vogler falls into a reverie, remembering a day Anna's mother, Rakel, late in life, came after rehearsal to beg him to come to her apartment. He awakes and Anna reveals the reason she has returned: she jolts him into an emotional response, rare for him, and the feelings of a young woman and an older man play out.

Directed by Ingmar Bergman. 72 minutes; 1984
Swedish w/English subtitles