Historians, psychiatrists, and family members explore what motivated Swedish literary hero Stig Dagerman to write the play Marty’s Shadow. Dagerman based the play on his friend Etta Federn and her sons whom he met in post-war Paris. The play, however, is shockingly brutal: a mother glorifies her dead son Marty—a hero of the French Resistance—while tormenting her other, more cowardly, son.  What influenced him to write this story?

The August Strindberg Repertory Theater presents the North American premiere of Marty’s Shadow on March 11 at the Gene Frankel Theatre in New York City. The play, directed by Whitney Aronson runs through April 1, 2017. For more information visit strindbergrep.com.

About the panelists

Lo Dagerman is the daughter of Stig Dagerman and actress Anita Björk. She is the driving force behind promoting her father’s work in the United States through new editions and translations, talks, and short films. Dagerman is the co-author, with Nancy Pick, of Skuggorna vi bär—a newly released Swedish book about Stig Dagerman’s encounter with Etta Federn in Paris in 1947.

Nancy Pick is an American writer, editor, and translator. Her published works include The Rarest of the Rare: Stories Behind the Treasures at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, a translation of The Swede by Robert Karjel, and Skuggorna vi bär co-authored with Lo Dagerman.


Herrick Chapman is Associate Professor of History and French Studies in the Department of History and Institute of French Studies at NYU. He is a prominent historian of France and some of his publications include Race in France: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Politics of Difference, co-edited with Laura L. Frader (Berghahn Books, 2004).

Eugene Mahon is a psychiatrist on the faculty of the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research at Columbia University. He also runs a private practice in New York City. His published works include books on psychoanalysis and a book of poetry, as well as articles on dreams, memory, mourning, and playwrights such as Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Wilde.



Stig Dagerman

TUE—3-21-2017—7 PM, free