Ingmar Bergman fans with five or six hours to kill on Jan. 4, 2003, may want to take in the Salt Theatre reading of the original television script, "Scenes From a Marriage."
The event will take place at the Ohio Theater in Soho from 2-8 PM. Emma Griffin directs downtowners Thomas Jay Ryan and Maria Striar in the developing piece.
"Scenes from a Marriage" is known to cineastes as one of the high points of Bergman's film career. But, as Griffin points out, the project began as a six-part television series (the American TV producer David Jacobs said in the 1980s that his domestic drama series, "Knots Landing," was inspired by the Bergman epic). Griffin and her cast have been rehearsing, using the original script, for some time. The Jan. 4 reading will be the first public exhibition of the work.
Audience members are welcome to come and go as they please and the refreshments will be non-stop (alcohol and hot chocolate among them). Tickets are $5. Call (212) 613-5740.
—By Robert Simonson