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Book Title: Halvard Solness, Master Builder|
The author of the book: Henrik Ibsen
Edition: Theatre Communications Group
Date of issue: April 1st 2014
ISBN 13: 9781559364492
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Internationally renowned actor-playwright adapts Henrik Ibsen's Master Builder.
"Shawn's plays are everything you dream of theatre being—really smart, stimulating, unsettling, hilarious, and truthful. The quality of his writing places Shawn in the company of heavy-weight playwright-thinkers like Tony Kushner and Caryl Churchill."?Don Shewey
Known for his demanding and provocative prose, Wallace Shawn, working with long-time collaborator André Gregory, has spent nearly fifteen years adapting one of Ibsen's greatest works. A film adaptation, directed by Jonathan Demme, is set for spring 2013.
Wallace Shawn is the author of OBIE Awardwinning plays Our Late Night, Aunt Dan and Lemon, and The Fever. Other works include Marie and Bruce, The Designated Mourner, and the screenplay for My Dinner with Andre, in which he also starred.
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Read information about the authorHenrik Johan Ibsen was a major Norwegian playwright largely responsible for the rise of modern realistic drama. He is often referred to as the "father of modern drama." Ibsen is held to be the greatest of Norwegian authors and one of the most important playwrights of all time, celebrated as a national symbol by Norwegians.
His plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when Victorian values of family life and propriety largely held sway in Europe and any challenge to them was considered immoral and outrageous. Ibsen's work examined the realities that lay behind many facades, possessing a revelatory nature that was disquieting to many contemporaries.
Ibsen largely founded the modern stage by introducing a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality. Victorian-era plays were expected to be moral dramas with noble protagonists pitted against darker forces; every drama was expected to result in a morally appropriate conclusion, meaning that goodness was to bring happiness, and immorality pain. Ibsen challenged this notion and the beliefs of his times and shattered the illusions of his audiences.
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