In this arresting new translation, Henrik Ibsen’s controversial drama resonates with startling contemporary power.
Mrs. Alving welcomes home her beloved son Oswald after many years away. Rebuilding her life after the death of her unfaithful husband, she struggles to keep his debauchery hidden to protect his reputation for the sake of her son. But when Oswald begins a new romance, secrets of all kinds emerge, and Mrs. Alving must decide what course to take to truly be free.
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|Open Captioned Performance||May 1 at 2 p.m.|
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Prescient for Our Own Time
Hear from translator Paul Walsh and director Carey Perloff about what it means to produce a new translation, what they hope audiences take away from this production, and more.
Paul Walsh is Professor in the Practice of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale. Other Ibsen translations include A Doll’s House, The Master Builder, Hedda Gabler, John Gabriel Borkman, and An Enemy of the People. Walsh has worked as dramaturg, translator, and co-author with theater companies across the country, including nine years as dramaturgy at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. With Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis, he collaborated on such award-winning productions as Children of Paradise: Shooting a Dream, Don Juan Giovanni, Germinal, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He received a Ph.D. from the Graduate Centre for the Study of Drama at the University of Toronto.
Carey Perloff is a director, playwright, producer, and educator who recently completed a 25-year tenure as the Artistic Director of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where she staged dozens of classical and contemporary plays and nurtured a three-decade collaboration with Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard resulting in her new book Pinter and Stoppard: A Director’s View. Recent directing work includes: Ghosts (trans. Paul Walsh) at Williamstown; Pale Fire by Colm Toibin at the Gate Theatre, Dublin; Merchant of Venice starring Seana McKenna at the Shakespeare Company, Calgary; and A Thousand Splendid Suns at Arena Stage. Perloff has staged numerous plays at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and at theaters across Canada. As a playwright, Perloff’s work includes If God Were Blue, Edgardo or White Fire (WTF commission), Higher (Winner, 2011 Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation Theater Visions Award), Luminescence Dating (Sloane Foundation Commission, Bay Area Theater Critics Best Original Script), Kinship (premiered in Paris starring Isabelle Adjani and then at WTF starring Cynthia Nixon) and The Fit (SF Playhouse 2019). Perloff is the author of Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater (City Lights Press 2015). In 2007, Perloff was named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, and has been awarded honorary degrees from University of San Francisco and A.C.T. She is working on a New Directions commission for Seattle Rep: The Oedipus Cycle with John Douglas Thompson.
Since the early 1980s, Coulter has directed, recorded, produced, and played with numerous artists such as Tom Waits, The Pogues, Kronos Quartet, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, Wes Anderson, Marianne Faithfull, Damon Albarn, and Gorillaz. Credits include: Musical Director: The Black Rider (Robert Wilson/Tom Waits), Monkey: Journey to the West (Gorillaz), Double Fantasy Live, Rain Dogs Revisited, Discreet + Oblique: The Music of Brian Eno, Twisted Christmas, In Dreams: David Lynch Revisited, Jim Jarmusch Revisited, and Swordfishtrombones Revisited. Composer: An Anatomy Act (Anna Furse), A Thousand Splendid Suns (A.C.T.), Hamlet (A.C.T.), Ghosts (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Medea (Legion of Honor), Bakkhai (Legion of Honor), The Eldership Project (Improbable), Little City Gardens (film score, 2022).
Broadway/National Tours: Once On This Island (Tony, Drama Desk, Hewes nominations), Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, and Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love. Recent Off-Broadway: Disney's Hercules (The Public Theater), Greater Clements (Lincoln Center), Collective Rage… (MCC), Apologia (Roundabout), and other work at Manhattan Theatre Club, Second Stage, Vineyard Theatre, Atlantic Theatre Company, BAM, Soho Rep, and many others. U.S. Regional work at theaters including Center Theatre Group, Arena Stage, Old Globe, Huntington, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Geffen Playhouse, Denver Center, Dallas Theatre Center, Shakespeare Theatre, and many others. Additional nominations for a Drama Desk Award, 7 Henry Hewes Awards, 4 Ovation Awards (LA), and in 2017 Dane was awarded an OBIE for sustained excellence in set and costume design. danelaffrey.com
David Israel Reynoso
Mr. Wierzel has worked with artists and directors from diverse disciplines and backgrounds, in opera, theater, dance, museums, and contemporary music, on stage throughout the country and abroad. His NYC Broadway productions include Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, the musical FELA! (Tony Award nomination), and David Copperfield's Dreams and Nightmares. Wierzel has designed productions with opera companies in New York (Glimmerglass Festival, NYCO), Paris, Tokyo, Norway, Toronto, Vancouver, Wexford, Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, Houston, Dallas, Portland, Denver (Opera Colorado), Washington D.C., Minneapolis, and Chicago (Lyric Opera & Opera Theatre), among others. Wierzel's dance work includes over 35 years with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. He has designed at most regional theaters across the country, including the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta); A.C.T.; Shakespeare Theatre (Washington DC); Chicago Shakespeare Theater; Guthrie Theater; Goodman Theatre; and the Mark Taper Forum, among many others. Future projects include new musical A Walk On The Moon, and the opera The R(E)volutions of Steve Jobs. Wierzel is a creative partner at Spark Design Collaborative and is on the faculty at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Design for Stage & Film.
Victoria Deiorio is returning to Seattle Rep after designing Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer and Last of the Boys. Victoria has composed music and designed Off-Broadway for Sheen Center, St. Clements, The Pearl, Joe’s Pub, The Duke, Actors Center, Primary Stages, and Ensemble Studio Theatre. Regionally she has worked at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Centerstage Baltimore, and many more. She has composed and designed the following films: Thump, The Interview, Use Me Up, One Sunday Afternoon. Victoria is the first woman to have been nominated for 14 Joseph Jefferson Awards—winning 7—for both composition and design, two After Dark Awards, and a SALT Award. She is a founding member of the Theatrical Sound Designers & Composers Association serving as the Co-Chair of the Executive Board. She is the Chair of the Design/Tech Dept. and the Head of Sound Design at DePaul University. victoria-sound-design.com
Ian Bond is a Seattle-based storyteller. His fight and intimacy direction has been seen at The 5th Avenue Theatre (Beauty and the Beast), University of Washington (Monstrosity), Washington Ensemble Theatre (Feathers and Teeth, Is God Is), Taproot Theatre Company (See How They Run), Book-It Repertory Theatre (Behold the Dreamers), Seattle Shakespeare Company (Comedy of Errors), and ACT Theatre (Hotter Than Egypt). He has performed locally with Sound Theatre Company, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Public Theater, Taproot Theatre Company, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Washington Ensemble Theatre, The Horse in Motion, and ACT. Ian is a co-founder of PNW Theatrical Intimacy, a motion capture artist who recently worked on the hit game Ghost of Tsushima, and a professional Game Master specializing in Dungeons & Dragons. ianbond.org
Production Stage Manager, Seattle Rep. Select stage management credits: The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, The Odyssey (Seattle Rep’s Public Works); The Servant of Two Masters (Seattle Rep, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Guthrie Theater, ArtsEmerson); MAC BETH, Here Lies Love, Well, A Raisin in the Sun, All the Way, The Great Society, The Piano Lesson, Boeing Boeing, Fences, You Can’t Take It With You, Gem of the Ocean (Seattle Rep); The Sound of Music, Cinderella, Guys and Dolls, White Christmas, Cabaret (The 5th Avenue Theatre); Angels in America, A Doctor In Spite of Himself (Intiman Theatre); Brooklyn Bridge, Lyle the Crocodile (Seattle Children’s Theatre).
Assistant Stage Manager
Select credits include As You Like It (Seattle Rep’s Public Works); A Christmas Carol, Hotter Than Egypt, Pass Over, The Wolves, Skylight, The Crucible, The Legend of Georgia McBride, The Royale (ACT Theatre); Guys & Dolls, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Matilda, The 39 Steps (Village Theatre); The Holler Sessions, Patti & the Kid (On the Boards); Festen, Tails of Wasps (New Century Theatre Company); Blues for Mister Charlie (The Williams Project); Waiting for Godot, Romeo & Juliet, Richard II (Seattle Shakespeare Company); The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Slaughterhouse-Five and The Cider House Rules (Book-It Repertory Theatre).
Cast & Production
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Mrs. Helena Alving
This is Mary Elizabeth’s first appearance at Seattle Rep and she welcomes the opportunity to be back "up on her feet," as it were. Her theater credits include Human Comedy, The Knife, Henry V, Measure for Measure, and Twelfth Night, all at Joe Papp’s Public Theater. Broadway credits: West Side Story, The Marriage of Figaro, Amadeus, Man of La Mancha, Winslow Boy. In London’s West End: Grand Hotel, View from the Bridge. Film: Scarface, Color of Money, Class Action, Robinhood: Prince of Thieves, Abyss, Perfect Storm, Limbo. Television: "Uncle Vanya," "Law and Order: CI," "Grimm," "Blindspot."
Albert Rubio III
Albert Rubio III is a Seattle-based actor, teaching artist, and in charge of recruitment for the Departments of Theater & Performance Production at Cornish College of the Arts. Favorite roles include Fred (A Christmas Carol - American Conservatory Theater, SF), Orgon (Tartuffe - Summer Repertory Theatre), Ricardo (Jaded - web-series), Ross (Macbeth - GRSF Apprentice Company). His current passion project is an in-process anthology titled Stories From My Youth. Originally conceived as a solo show following the life of Ken Martinez, the future of the Stories From My Youth anthology will be to chronicle the lives of LGBTQ+ individuals and allies affected by the AIDS Epidemic. Albert plans to work with living survivors and chronicle their stories, eventually distilling them into 30-minute solo pieces. Oswald in Ghosts marks Albert's Seattle acting debut, as well as his first role with Seattle Rep. Albert is a proud graduate of the American Conservatory Theater M.F.A. Actor Training Program, and the University of Evansville where he received his B.F.A. in Theatre: Performance.
Theater credits include: Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski, an ongoing 7-year collaboration with the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, with performances in Poland, London, The Shakespeare Theater in DC., and The Chicago Shakespeare Theater; The Tempest, Scorched, and Underneath the Lintel (American Conservatory Theater, SF); Salome, The Heiress, and Dance of Death on Broadway in NY; Hapgood, Lincoln Center, NY; Nathan the Wise, People’s Light, PA; and The Birthday Party at CSC in NY. Film and TV credits include Good Night and Good Luck, Lincoln, several films of John Sayles, one of the Bourne movies, Temple Grandin, League of Their Own, The River Wild, Nomadland, and most recently Nightmare Alley. In 1984, he was in Herb Gardener’s I’m Not Rappaport, which had its world premiere here at Seattle Rep. He is thrilled to be back.
Carpenter Jakob Engstrand
In fall of 2021 Thom (he/him) appeared in the New York premieres of Rajiv Joseph’s Letters of Suresh (Second Stage) and A Sherlock Carol by Mark Shanahan (New World Stages). Other credits include Man of La Mancha, 2002 Broadway revival with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio; Twyla Tharp’s The Times They Are A-Changin’; Off-Broadway revivals of Sweeney Todd (Barrow Street Theatre), Pacific Overtures, …Arturo Ui (both at Classic Stage Company); and the premieres of Superhero by Tom Kitt and John Logan (Second Stage) and Michael Friedman’s Unknown Soldier, opening three days before the pandemic shutdown in March 2020. TV and film credits include “Instinct’” “Madam Secretary,” “Jessica Jones,” “Gotham,” “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest,” and last year’s “Cupids.” thomsesma.com, @thsesma
Nikita Tewani is a New York-based actress and a graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She is excited to return to the Seattle Rep stage after playing Aziza in the critically acclaimed A Thousand Splendid Suns, a role she originated at the American Conservatory Theater and toured the country with. Nikita was most recently seen as the lead role in the feature film I’ll Meet You There, which premiered at SXSW Film Festival and had a global theatrical release. She can also be seen on "Law and Order: SVU" and "Hit and Run" (Netflix). Past theater credits include: The Fall (Soho Playhouse) and The Who and The What (Milwaukee Repertory Theater). Nikita has appeared in national commercials and worldwide print ads. @nikitatewani
Mrs. Helena Alving u/s
Ms. Thone is happy to be back at Seattle Rep, having started her time in Seattle 30 years ago by interning at this great theater, playing Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing and the Middle Nun in House of Blue Leaves. Since then, Amy has enjoyed acting in more than 55 productions at most of the Seattle theaters. Favorites roles and plays include King John, Titus Andronicus (upstart crow collective); Ebeneezer Scrooge, the Nurse (ACT); Cleopatra, Lady M., Beatrice, Prospero, Shylock (Seattle Shakespeare Company); Nixon in Frost/Nixon, Stage Manager in Our Town (Strawberry Theatre Workshop); Festen, Holy Days, The Trial, The Adding Machine, My Name is Asher Lev (New Century Theatre Company). Amy was casting director for the Seattle Shakespeare Company for 25 years and has been on faculty for Cornish College of the Arts since 2000. She also teaches at the University of Washington and is thrilled to be learning from these wonderful actors. This work, like most everything else in her life, is dedicated to her two daughters, Charlotte and Stella.
Oswald Alving u/s
Adam Fontana (he/him) is very happy to be making his Seattle Rep debut! Seattle theater: Lamplighter (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Bulrusher (Intiman), Howl’s Moving Castle (Book-It Repertory Theatre). New York theater: Civil War (Off-Broadway and Tour); Chance Wayne in Sweet Bird of Youth and Tulsa in Gypsy (Gallery Players); Henry in Next to Normal (Hangar Theatre). Colorado theater: Elf: The Musical (Arvada Center); A Midsummer Nights Dream, Mary Poppins, The Shape of Things, Dames at Sea, and Forever Plaid (Merely Players). Thanks to the Seattle Rep and Ghosts family for the opportunity to be here. Thanks to you for being here and being a part of live theater. And thanks to Mrs. F for, well, everything. adamfontana.com, @fontana_fotography
Pastor Manders & Jakob Engstrand u/s
Previously at Seattle Rep, Bradford Farwell (he/him) has appeared in Indecent, King Charles III, Photograph 51, You Can’t Take It With You, The Imaginary Invalid, Twelfe Night, Noises Off, The Great Gatsby. Broadway: Much Ado About Nothing and The Miser. In Seattle: Intiman, The 5th Avenue Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company. Mr. Farwell was a company member at the Stratford Festival in Ontario and Seattle’s New Century Theatre Company. Regionally: TAG, Nebraska Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare, American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Shakespeare Theatre D.C, Court Theatre, Madison Repertory, American Players Theatre. Television credits include “Grimm” and “Leverage.” He received his training at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts, London. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.
Sofía Raquel Sánchez
Regina Engstrand u/s
Sofía Raquel Sánchez (they/them/elle) is a Seattle and New York-based actor and playwright. Their Seattle work includes Copious Love’s I Think I Love You (playwright), Finding Trails Short Play Festival’s Mi Cielo (playwright), Washington Ensemble Theater’s Dance Nation (Amina), Copious Love’s Querida Familia: A Fundraiser for El Paso (producer), Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Ghosted (Kayla), Seattle Public Theater’s Fire Season (Jessamyn), Strawberry Theatre Workshop’s Lydia (Ceci), and more. Sánchez has a B.F.A. in Original Works from Cornish College of the Arts. Sofía Raquel is currently developing a new bilingual horror musical with composer and fiancée, Rafael Molina, who they’d like to thank for their unending support. sofiaraquelsanchez.com
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Elliott earned his bachelor’s in Theatre from Northwestern University. While in Chicago, Elliott worked at the Goodman Theatre as Literary Assistant for a reading of Calamity West’s Engines and Instruments of Light well as the Script Supervisor for the premiere of korde arrington tuttle’s Graveyard Shift. Early in the pandemic, he co-produced a series of virtual readings and productions under the name Homesick Play Project, directing a reading of Catherine Weingarten’s The World is Ending and Maybe That's Kinda Hot. Elliott is now in post-production for his first short film, Chrysalis. He’s thrilled to be here in Seattle and at Seattle Rep in particular. Learn more at www.hartman.cool.
Stage Management Apprentice
Isabella Marziello is thrilled to be working at the Seattle Rep as a Stage Management Apprentice, especially after two long years of uncertainty. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2020 with a B.A. in Theater Arts, and double minors in Spanish and Music. Isabella’s stage management credits include UNEARTHED (dir. Jack Aldister), She Loves Me (dir. Dawn Padula), The Penelopiad (dir. Sara Freeman), In The Forest Grim (dir. Arlene Martínez Vazquez), Hedda Gabler (dir. Jack Aldister), Migrations: Forced and Chosen (Anthony Goméz), and Into The Woods (dir. Dawn Padula).
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