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Dance of Death

August Strindberg (1849-1912)

1. Part 1, Scene 1
2. Part 1, Scenes 2-4
3. Part 2, Scene 1
4. Part 2, Scenes 2 & 3

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The Dance of Death is a play in two parts by the Swedish dramatist August Strindberg, written in 1900. It depicts the dissolution of a marriage between Edgar, an artillery captain, and Alice, a former actress. Increasingly isolated in their fort-like house, they manipulate and bait each other, until the unexpected arrival of Curt, Alice's cousin. His presence creates a tense triangular relationship that escalates throughout Part One, and is complicated with the introduction of two of the trio's children, Allan and Judith, in Part Two.