Son of a Servant / The Hell of Excrement

August Strindberg was a prolific autobiographer. In thirty years—while making his reputation as a playwright, novelist, philosopher, and alchemist—he published about two thousand pages of autobiography. He alternated between self flagellation and delusions of grandeur, and never settled on a flattering or coherent picture of who he might be.

Over ten volumes, Strindberg presents himself as a romantic, a misogynist, a husband, a father, a chronic masturbator, a mystic, a zealot and a madman. Strindberg’s friends and family, however, say that none of these biographies are accurate, and Strindberg himself was mostly a reasonable guy—divorces and civil suits aside.

So who, then, is August Strindberg? And what would drive a person to spend a lifetime in false autobiography?

The Son of a Servant, a one man show based on August Strindberg’s collected autobiographical work. An earlier version, The Hell of Excrement, was developed based on Strindberg’s autobiographical novel Inferno.

Status

In development. (10 minute version available)

Duration

60+ minutes

Production History

2007 Naropa University (10 minute version)

Media

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Credits

Created By

Taavo Smith

Featuring

Taavo Smith

ProjectsSon of a Servant / The Hell of Excrement