Our friends at Seattle Public Library put together a reading list just for our production, with plenty of titles to feed your interest before and after the show.
To view a full annotated list and place holds on items visit
Seattle Public Library’s website.
Written in Danish by the Norwegian Ibsen, Ghosts had its world premiere on May 20, 1882 in Chicago with Helga von Bluhme and an unknown cast of Danish and Norwegian amateur performers, just like IBSEN IN CHICAGO.
Published in 1900, Dreiser's first novel depicted a Gilded Age society in which many Americans, like Carrie, abandoned rural life to join immigrants in cities such as Chicago to seek their fortune.
Existentialist philosopher Søren Kierkegaard was a contemporary of Ibsen, who read Kierkegaard's "Either/Or" and "Fear and Trembling" and whose plays "Brand" and "Peer Gynt" show traces of his philosophy.
Ibsen asked Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg to compose incidental music for his play "Peer Gynt." Grieg later expanded his work to produce "Peer Gynt Suite No. 1," op. 46 and "Peer Gynt Suite No. 2," op. 55, both included on this CD.
The Henrik Ibsen Collection
DVD - 2007
This collection of ten BBC adaptions of Ibsen's works of Ibsen includes "Ghosts" with Judi Dench, Kenneth Branagh and Michael Gambon, Ingrid Bergman as "Hedda Gabler" and Juliet Stevenson in "A Doll's House."
Streaming Video - 2009
This streaming video of "Hedda Gabler" captures Diana Rigg's performance in the title role. Click here to stream this video at Access Video
This collection includes "A Doll's House" (1879), "Ghosts" (1881), "Hedda Gabler" (1891) and "The Master Builder" (1892), reproduced from the Oxford editions of Ibsen's plays.
Much like IBSEN IN CHICAGO, "A Midsummer Night's Dream" features a play within a play. Act III, Scene I introduces the "rude mechanicals" rehearsing a play, and Act V is the performance. Folger Shakespeare Library edition.
Sinclair wrote this 1906 novel to expose the horrors of the meat packing industry and the exploitation of working-class immigrants in Chicago. As he famously wrote, "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.
Norwegian-American economist Veblen taught at the University of Chicago and published "The Theory of the Leisure Class" in 1899 which introduced the term "conspicuous consumption" and a scathing critique of consumer society.
See Kevin Kline give a hilarious performance as Bottom, one of the "rude mechanicals" who participates in the play-within-a-play and is transformed into an ass by Puck, in this 1999 film adaptation.