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Nov 8th through December 20th, 2015 !


Adapted and Directed by Greg Allen

IBSEN’S GHOSTS features Kirk Anderson, Carolyn Hoerdemann, Catherine Lavoie, Gage Wallace and Stephen Walker.

Despite the traditional teachings of the Bible and her Pastor, Mrs. Alving has discovered new enlightenment through literature, including the works of Henrik Ibsen. Armed with “the truth” and the knowledge that she might be trapped as a character in an Ibsen play, she attempts to subvert the traditional narrative and find an alternative to the gloomy doomed destiny of her son Oswald and his lover/sister Regina.

“Ever since staging The Last Two Minutes of the Complete Works of Henrik Ibsen, I’ve always wanted to return to a full-length production of an Ibsen play,” comments Allen. “With its themes of incest, blasphemy, class revolt and sexually transmitted disease, Ghosts is certainly one of his most outrageous plays, but once I really dove into the adaptation I discovered a meta-theatrical answer to make some of the play’s issues have a more contemporary immediacy. What would you do if you suddenly discovered you were trapped in a plot written by Henrik Ibsen? With this incredible Chicago cast and the addition of one of my Montreal Neo-Futurists, I think this will be an extremely exciting production that will put Ghosts back on the map of the contemporary theatrical landscape,” adds Allen.

The production team for IBSEN’S GHOSTS includes: Sarah Jo White (costume design), Chas Vrba (sound design), Mike Sanow (technical director), Brent Eickhoff (assistant director) and Ellen Osborne (stage manager).


Press Snippets

“”Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts,'” a caroming, carousing and finally cathartic reimagining of the 1882 play (directed by Allen), doesn’t shy away from mocking the more histrionic elements of the original.” – Chicago Tribune (3 STARS)

“The beauty of Neo-Futurists founder Greg Allen’s lively and witty adaptation (which he also directs) is that it reveals what all the fuss was about.” – Chicago Reader (RECOMMENDED)

“Do not hesitate to see Ibsen’s Ghosts; with this being Marry-Archie Theatre’s final season, memories of their trademark high-risk, high-reward storytelling will soon become ghosts themselves. Enjoy them while they’re still here.” – Chicago Theater Beat (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)

“It’s as if Mary-Arrchie, soon to be a ghost itself, is saying “we know what you expected but here’s what you need.” “Ibsen’s Ghosts” honors its home theater’s legacy by offering a hilarious and heartfelt meeting of the past and the future.” – New City (RECOMMENDED)

” Allen’s adaptation of Ibsen’s Ghosts is a whole lot of fun, effectively wiping the cobwebs off the material while preserving everything that made it so edgy in the first place.” – TimeOut Chicago (3 STARS)