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A Half Sheet of Paper

January 22 – July 4, 2021

  • By August Strindberg

  • Translated and Directed by Rob Melrose

  • Short Play – New Translation of a Classic 

  • Run Time: 8 minutes


One of Strindberg’s best loved short stories is now available for English-speaking audiences to enjoy. A man is moving out of his apartment and makes one last check through the empty spaces to make sure nothing has been forgotten. By the telephone, he finds a small sheet of paper full of notes and scribblings that calls forth a flood of memories of the highs and lows of his two years living there. Perhaps no short story better encapsulates Tennyson’s maxim “’Tis better to have loved and lost / than never loved at all.”

Alley Resident Acting Company Member Chris Hutchison beautifully guides us through two distinctly different and poignant experiences. Your registration includes both versions. 

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Associate Producer

Associate Producers

Associate Producers

Creative Team

Rob Melrose

Translator and Director

Michael Locher

Scenic Design

Erica Griese

Costume Design

Kevin Rigdon

Lighting Design

Pierre Dupree

Sound Design

John Carrithers

Director of Photography and Editor

Rebecca R.D. Hamlin

Assistant Director

The Cast