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.
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.
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.