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The Master Builder

By Henrik Ibsen

Translated by Paul Walsh

Directed by Ken Marini

March 23 – April 17, 2011


People's Light's tradition of reinterpreting classics continues with this new translation of The Master Builder. At the height of his career, Halvard Solness finds his creativity threatened and his personal life in shambles. The unexpected arrival of the young, attractive and manipulative Hilda Wangel breathes new vitality into his work, but exacts a terrible cost.

The running time for this production is 2 hours and 15 minutes including one 15 minute intermission.

Halvard Solness: Stephen Novelli*
Aline Solness: Susan McKey*
Doctor Herdal: Mark Lazar*
Knut Brovik: Louis Lippa*
Ragnar Brovik: Ross Beschler*
Kaja Fosli: Jessica Bedford
Hilda Wangel: Kim Carson*
Director: Ken Marini
Production Manager/Sound Designer: Charles T. Brastow*
Set Designer: Yoshi Tanokura
Costume Designer: Marla J. Jurglanis
Lighting Designer: Gregory Miller
Video Designer: Dan Vatsky
Production Stage Manager: Patricia G. Sabato*
Dramaturg: Elizabeth Pool

* Member, Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers.

What is a Master Builder?

A term historically applied to the individual who was responsible for both the design and the construction of a project. During the Renaissance, a divergence appeared between the individual who prepared the project's design, and the individual who was responsible for its construction. With the rise of design professionals in the late 19th century, the term fell out of favor and is used infrequently today in reference to design/build firms.

The Ibsen Museum

Henrik Ibsen, the Norwegian playwright and poet, nicknamed the “father of modern drama,” is most well-known for his plays A Doll’s House and Hedda Gabler. If you find yourself in Oslo stop and visit the The Ibsen Museum. The museum’s main attraction is Ibsen’s Oslo home, where he lived the last 11 years of his life. His home has been restored to its original splendor with Ibsen’s own furnishings, so that you can get a glimpse of the writer’s private space. Click here for the museum’s website.

Ibsen's Biography
For more information about Ibsen’s family and background, check the out the Wikipedia listing about his life and writing. His plays were extremely influential and controversial as they dealt with issues of morality and domestic life which shunned the conventions of Europe in the late 1800s. Click here for the Wikipedia page.

New Translation
This production is a new translation by Paul Walsh that first premiered at Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT, in 2009. People’s Light will have the second production. Click here for the information about the Yale Repertory production.

Searching in Vain for the Heart of The Master Builder

By George Hatza

Symbolisms and Secrets Are Revealed in Master Builder

By Margie Royal

A Powerful Rendering of an Ibsen Classic

By Nikki Krueger

WCHE Entertainment and Culture Show

Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder, translated by Paul Walsh and staged at People's Light &
Theatre, offers a structurally sound theatre experience.... This is theatre that respects the intelligence
of its audience. For theatre that is worthy of after-show reflection and further consideration, don't miss this.

Steven Brodsky
Host, WCHE Entertainment and Culture Show

My Architect: People's Light and Theatre Company's The Master Builder

By Leah Franqui

Forceful Production in Malvern

By Howie Shapiro

Ibsen's Master Builder at People's Light

By Steve Cohen

An Ibsen Classic with a Modern Feel

By Debbie Merlo

Dramatic Persona

By Howie Shapiro, Philadelphia Inquirer
Ever wondered what a dramaturg is? Our very own Resident Dramaturg, Elizabeth Pool, explains!

The Scoop on The Master Builder

With this production People’s Light continues its program called The Scoop: History, Context, and Gossip, a lively discussion before every performance. Cast member Susan McKey will discuss the world of the play, how and why it was chosen, as well as how it was cast, designed, and rehearsed. Refreshments will be available in the lobby before The Scoop begins and before the performance. The program will start one hour before curtain time and will take place in the theatre. No reservations are necessary.

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