‘Ghost Sonata’ at SSU offers unique seating experience
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Audiences will be seated on-stage for an integrated experience when the drama unfurls in “The Ghost Sonata,” the groundbreaking modernist play written in 1907 by Swedish playwright August Strindberg.

Judy Navas directs this atmospheric play, a mind-blowing masterpiece of modern theater, which opens Halloween night, Thursday, Oct. 31, and plays though Nov. 9 in Evert B. Person Theatre at Sonoma State University.

This production is ideal for the Halloween season, with its designed sets, costumes and eerie black-light projections which create a shadowy, translucent “Tim Burton-like” phantom world complete with vampires and mummies.

“Perhaps, no other playwright of the early 20th century is better known for breaking the boundaries of the theatrical conventions of realism in theatre than Strindberg (1849-1912),” Navas said. “Strindberg's 'The Ghost Sonata' is much admired but rarely performed because the staging of it is so difficult. It requires a great deal of risk taking on the part of the director, designers, actors and stage technicians to pull it off.

“In this production of “The Ghost Sonata,” the magic of black-light and projections on body and facial surfaces of the set and actors aims to reveal the subjective minds of these tormented characters and inhabitants of this house of horror who are haunted by their own guilt and of their corruption, thievery and deceitful misdeeds.”

Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, Nov. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3.

 Admission is free for SSU students with ID. Regular prices are $10 for non-SSU students and seniors, $15 for SSU faculty and staff, and $17 general admission. Tickets also will be sold at the door one hour prior to curtain. Tickets are available at the SSU box office (707) 664-4246 or www.sonoma.edu/theateranddance/productions/ghost.

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