loading

1-866-598-8449

Customer Service available Mon - Fri 9am to 9pm EST Sat & Sun 1pm to 8pm EST

When We Dead Awaken (Fjelde, trans.) - Full Length Play

When We Dead Awaken (Fjelde, trans.)

Henrik Ibsen, Rolf Fjelde

Customer Rating: starstarstarstarstar (Rate this!)

Full Length Play

3m, 3f

Henrik Ibsen
Translated by Rolf Fjelde
"Pursues a version of Ibsen that avoids the stodginess of most academic translations, while eschewing the liberal cut-and-paste approach of many ambitious artists." - Playbill.com
"The truest to the original and unexcelled for theatri…

More Information Below:

Description | Characters | Author(s) | Reviews

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

The late Rolf Fjelde, a Brooklyn native of Norwegian descent, translated his first Ibsen play, The Wild Duck, in 1956. Founding President of the Ibsen Society of America and perhaps the most widely-known translator of Ibsen's work, Mr. Fjelde worked to avoid what he called, "stiff and hobbled diction — or, certainly no better, a cavalier freedom that has cut or padded the text." Ibsen's 1899 drama - in fact his last - tells the story of Arnold Rubek, an aging, celebrated sculptor who has achieved great international fame with his sculpture "The Day of the Resurrection". Irene, the model for this sculpture, once considered it her lifework to accompany Rubek and help him in his art. Yet, after years of Rubek's refusal to consider Irene as anything more than his model, she left. Since then, Rubek's creative power has diminished, and he now feels that he can no longer create art of any significance without his muse. In the time that has passed, Rubek has married Maja, a much younger woman, and Irene has been married twice and been in a mental hospital. When Rubek encounters a disguised Irene as a seaside hotel, his former muse seems to be in the grip of a "living death", and in a painful confrontation Irene accuses Rubek of having ruined her life and stolen her soul. The remaining passion between the artist and his inspiration ultimately drives the pair into the mountains to face an icy death.
"Pursues a version of Ibsen that avoids the stodginess of most academic translations, while eschewing the liberal cut-and-paste approach of many ambitious artists." - Playbill.com
"The truest to the original and unexcelled for theatrical performance" - Harold Clurman
Characters

CASTING

3m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Room for Extras

Author(s)
Henrik Ibsen

Henrik Ibsen

At age 23, Henrik Ibsen (born March 20, 1828, Skien, Nor.died May 23, 1906, Kristiania) became theatre director and resident playwright of the new National Theatre at Bergen, charged with creating a national drama. He directed the Norwegian Theatre in Kristiana from 1857 to 1863, when the theatre went bankrupt. He then set off on extended travels in Europe, beginning a self-imposed exile that ... view full profile

Rolf Fjelde

Rolf Fjelde (1926-2002) was one of the formeost translators of Henrik Ibsen's plays into English, whose translations were heralded by Harold Clurman as ''the truest to the original and unexcelled for theatrical performance.'' Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Fjelde worked also a poet, playwright, and teacher. He earned degrees from Yale and Columbia Universities, was a founding editor of The Yale Poetry ... view full profile

Now Playing
Loading
Producer
City
State
Opening
Closing
Reviews

You May Also Like

See all