One of August Strindberg’s one-act plays, Facing Death is the story of Monsieur Durand, a former railroad worker and widower in financial ruin. Durand has three daughters--Adèle, Annette, and Thérèse--and no prospects for their futures. Even though he has tried to provide for his children, even letting out his house to lodgers, every attempt he has made was met with scorn and derision. But Monsieur Durand has a plan to ensure his daughters’ financial futures, even if it means he must face his own death. A prime example of European dramatic naturalism. Facing Death is the story of a father’s love for his children, even when it means sacrificing everything.
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