By Henrik Ibsen

Translated from the Norwegian and directed by Eric Samuelsen

Sunday, August 25, 4pm

Jeanne Wagner Theatre, Rose Wagner

Reserve your free tickets here (required)

Presented as a staged reading as part of our Script-In-Hand Series.  Mrs. Alving has spent her life meticulously creating the fantasy of a happy home and family and marriage, which explodes in revelations of sexually transmitted diseases, suicide and insanity. Quite possibly the most radical play in history.


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Produced in partnership with Planned Parenthood Association of Utah.


Henrik Ibsen (Playwright) was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright. His major works include BRAND, PEER GYNT, AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, A DOLL’S HOUSE, HEDDA GABBLER, GHOSTS, THE WILD DUCK, ROSMERSHOLM and THE MASTER BUILDER.  He is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare and A DOLL’S HOUSE became the world’s most performed play by the early 20th century.  Several of his plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when European theatre was required to model strict morals of family life and propriety. Ibsen’s work examined the realities that lay behind many façades, revealing much that was disquieting to many contemporaries. It utilized a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality.

Eric Samuelsen (Translator & Director) was the head of the playwriting program at Brigham Young University from 1999-2011.  He has had twenty-three plays professionally produced across the country and is a noted translator of Henrik Ibsen’s works – his translation of A DOLL’S HOUSE (literal translation: A DOLL HOUSE) has been read as part of Plan-B’s Script-In-Hand Series.  His plays MIASMA, AMERIGO and BORDERLANDS received their world premieres at Plan-B and the 2013/14 season is devoted to his work, featuring the world premieres of NOTHING PERSONAL, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 8; FAIRYANA, CLEARING BOMBS and 3.

Jason Bowcutt (Pastor Manders) has appeared in Plan-B’s THE END OF THE HORIZON and the Script-In-Hand Series reading of 8; he also directed Plan-B’s Salt Lake production of ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA last season.

Topher Rasmussen (Oswald Alving) has appeared in Plan-B’s BORDERLANDS, ADAM & STEVE AND THE EMPTY SEA (also FringeNYC), several SLAMs and the Script-In-Hand Series reading of 8.

Christy Summerhays (Mrs. Helene Alving) has appeared in Plan-B’s AMERIKA, MESA VERDE and the Script-In-Hand Series reading of THE NORMAL HEART, directed and appeared in many-a-SLAM and directed the elementary school tour of PETER AND THE WOLF.

Jessamyn Svennsson (Regina Engstrand) is a theatre student at Utah Valley University making her Plan-B debut.

Jason Tatom (Jacob Engstrand) has previously appeared in Plan-B’s EXPOSED, LADY MACBETH, RADIO HOUR EPISODE 7: SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE BLUE CARBUNCLE, several SLAMs and the Script-In-Hand Series readings of 8 and REYKJAVIK.

Planned Parenthood Association of Utah (PPAU) is committed to providing accurate information to individuals of all ages concerning the emotional and physical aspects of human sexual behavior and reproduction; providing affordable, high quality reproductive health care services; and protecting and advocating for the rights of individuals to understand and manage their own reproductive lives.

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