Bard SummerScape Presents
The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen
In a new version by David EldridgeJuly 13, 17, 20, and 24 at 3 pm
July 14–16* and July 21–23* at 8 pm
Directed by Caitriona McLaughlin
Costumes by Kaye Voyce
Set Design by John McDermott
Original Music and Sound by Ryan Rumery
Lighting by Jane Cox
Projections by Aaron Rhyne
When Gregers Werle returns home after a self-imposed exile, he spurns his family's opulent home and lucrative business, instead taking a modest room in the attic apartments of Hjalmar Ekdal, a former classmate, and his family. Gripped by "an acute case of inflamed scruples," Gregers then begins to dismantle the latticework of lies that has kept life tolerable for the Ekdals, each of whom bears the wounds of a long-suppressed secret. An exquisitely constructed and richly nuanced work, The Wild Duck has often been called "the master's masterpiece." In this 1884 tragicomedy, Henrik Ibsen reached new heights of poetic realism, while asking whether happiness is possible after the illusions that sustain existence have been shattered. The Wild Duck is directed by Caitriona McLaughlin, who staged last summer's acclaimed production of Judgment Day.
* Round-trip transportation from Manhattan to Bard is available for this performance. Fare is $25. Reservations are required. Click here for more information and to make a reservation.
Shuttles to and from Poughkeepsie and Rhinecliff train stations are now available for certain matinée performances. Reservations are required. Click here for more information and to make a reservation.
Generous support for this program is provided by Martin and Toni Sosnoff.
Image: © 2011 The Munch Museum / The Munch-Ellingsen Group / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Reproduction, including downloading of Edvard Munch works, is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Cast (in order of appearance)
|Hakon Werle||Tom Bloom*|
|Gregers Werle||Dashiell Eaves*|
|Old Ekdal||Peter Maloney*|
|Hjalmar Ekdal||Sean Cullen*|
|Gina Ekdal||Mary Bacon*|
|Mrs. Sorby||Kristen Griffith*|
|Relling / Mr. Balle||Liam Craig*|
|Molvik / Mr. Flor||Sidney Williams*|
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States