Seattle, WA (February 2, 2021) — The first installment of Seattle Rep’s new behind-the-scenes program Plays in Process got underway last week, featuring the new play Fannie from local, award-winning playwright Cheryl L. West. On its heels is the second installment premiering February 25, featuring another new work on the horizon for Seattle Rep – a fresh and relevant new translation of one of Henrik Ibsen’s most vivid and controversial masterpieces, Ghosts. This presentation will be directed by Carey Perloff (A Thousand Splendid Suns), and feature commentary from acclaimed actors Uma Thurman (Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee; Kill Bill) and David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck), as well as one of the foremost Ibsen translators of our time, Paul Walsh (John Gabriel Borkman). Single tickets are on sale now at SeattleRep.org.
Ghosts follows a mother caught between duty and desire and begs the question: how far should she go to protect her family? In Ibsen fashion, the play itself is a contemplative commentary on 19th century morality that has been translated for the American contemporary theater. Of the play and its title’s meaning, translator Paul Walsh said, “It means, that which goes again; that which returns. The ghosts of our past, all those things that we thought we had done away with—racism, sexism, homophobia—they all are returning now, and it’s so relevant. That’s how ghosts operate within this play and within our lives” (excerpt from Williamstown Theater Festival 2019 interview).
This new translation and subsequent production of Ghosts premiered at the Williamstown Theater Festival in 2019. As development continues, Seattle Rep audiences have the opportunity through this Plays in Process presentation to capture a rare glimpse into the creative process of adapting and refining this vibrant story.
The Plays in Process four-part series pass is now available to purchase at the suggested price of $60. A single ticket to the Ghosts presentation is also available now for the suggested price of $20. Other individual event tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks. Reservations are required for these events and pay what you choose options are available. Purchase your pass today at SeattleRep.org.
ABOUT HENRIK IBSEN (Playwright)
At age 23, Henrik Ibsen (born March 20, 1828, Skien, Nor., died May 23, 1906, Kristiania) became theater director and resident playwright of the new National Theatre at Bergen, charged with creating a national drama. He directed the Norwegian Theatre in Kristiana from 1857 to 1863, when the theater went bankrupt. He then set off on extended travels in Europe, beginning a self-imposed exile that would last until 1891. In Italy he wrote the troubling moral tragedy Brand (1866) and the buoyant Peer Gynt (1867). After the satire Pillars of Society (1877) he found his voice and an international audience with powerful studies of middle-class morality in A Doll's House (1879), Ghosts (1881), An Enemy of the People (1882), The Wild Duck (1884), and Rosmersholm (1886). His more symbolic plays, most of them written after his return to Norway in 1891, include Hedda Gabler (1890), The Master Builder (1892), Little Eyolf (1894), and When We Dead Awaken (1899). Emphasizing character over plot, Ibsen addressed social problems such as political corruption and the changing role of women as well as psychological conflicts stemming from frustrated love and destructive family relationships. He greatly influenced European theater and is regarded as the founder of modern prose drama.
ABOUT SEATTLE REP
Seattle Rep puts theater at the heart of public life. Founded in 1963 and winner of the 1990 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, Seattle Rep is currently led by Artistic Director Braden Abraham and Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. Over a season and throughout the year, Seattle Rep collaborates with extraordinary artists to create productions and programs that reflect and elevate the diverse cultures, perspectives, and life experiences of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle Rep’s nationally recognized programs include the New Play Program, Seattle Rep’s Public Works, the August Wilson Monologue Competition, Pay What You Choose ticketing options, and numerous audience enrichment and engagement opportunities including post-play panels, discussions, and community events and presentations.
Seattle Rep has always been committed to supporting new work from playwrights, directors, composers, and more. Through commissions and its new play development lab, The Other Season, Seattle Rep offers artists the resources they need to bring the next great play to life. Recent and notable commissions that have been produced on Seattle Rep’s stages include Pullman Porter Blues, Lizard Boy, The Great Society, The Great Wilderness, and the adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles. The commission projects announced today represent the largest, most sustainable, consistent, and robust commissioning program the organization has ever committed to.
Seattle Rep’s artistic staff reads material for consideration from a variety of sources including agent recommendations, colleague theater seasons, the Kilroys List, and more. Seattle Rep is dedicated to considering work by BIPOC and female identifying/trans/non-binary artists and commits to that work representing at least half of the scripts read by our season planning committee. All artists selected for commissioning programs are committed to Seattle Rep’s racial equity policies as part of their commission partnership.