A Dream Play A Dream Play, fantasy play in 14 scenes by August Strindberg, published in Swedish as Ett drömspel in 1902 and first produced in 1907. Presented as a dream, this fluid tableau of human foibles is a poignant lament that humans are to be pitied. A Critical Analysis of August Strindberg’s A Dream Play. August Strindberg wrote A Dream Play in 1901. The play sought to break from the past aiming to find its own unique niche. While most former plays had a cast of well-developed characters, A Dream Play lacks such characters. The play’s characters are many and fascinating as well. A young woman comes from another world to see if life is really as difficult as people make it out to be. In Strindberg’s A Dream Play, written in 1901, characters merge into each other, locations change in an instant and a locked door becomes an obsessively recurrent image. “Everything can happen, everything is possible and probable. Time and place do not exist; on a significant bases of reality, the imagination spins, weaving new patterns; a mixture of memories, experiences, free fancies, incongruities and improvisations.” ― August Strindberg, A Dream Play. Following the logic of a dream, in which characters merge into each other, locations change in an instant and a locked door becomes an obsessively recurrent image, Strindberg's A Dream Play written in 1902 is an amazing amalgam of Freud, Alice's Wonderland and Strindberg's own private symbolism.