After the Rehearsal (Efter repetitionen in the original Swedish) is a made-for-TV play, written and directed by Ingmar Bergman in 1984. The script contains numerous quotes from Strindberg's Drömspel.
Rational, exacting, and self-controlled theater director, Henrik Vogler
, often stays after rehearsal to think and plan. On this day, Anna comes back, ostensibly looking for a bracelet. She is the lead in his new production of Strindberg's A Dream Play
. She talks of her hatred for her mother (now dead), an alcoholic actress who was Vogler's star and lover. Vogler falls into a reverie, remembering a day Anna's mother, Rakel, late in life, came after rehearsal to beg him to come to her apartment. He awakes and Anna reveals the reason she has returned: she jolts him into an emotional response, rare for him, and the feelings of a young woman and an older man play out.