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The 2019 Master Playwright Festival features Norwegian dramatist and poet Henrik Ibsen. Ibsen played a significant role in the rise of realism and remains one of the greatest dramatists who ever lived. One of his best known and most widely performed plays, A Doll’s House, deals with the limitations and harsh expectations of women. Some of his other works include: Hedda Gabler, An Enemy of the People, Ghosts and The Feast of Solhous, which was inspired by Norwegian folk songs.

IbsenFest showcases 16 full productions, one play reading, one radio/web broadcast, a free film and two lectures.

“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.” –Henrik Ibsen

Introducing Ibsen, Hosted by University of Manitoba Professor Emeritus Christopher Johnson

Tuesday, January 29 at 7:00pm
Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library
251 Donald Street (2nd floor)

A man ahead of its time, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen is celebrated worldwide for his groundbreaking body of work. Not to mention his truly impressive mutton chops. Professor Emeritus Chris Johnson talks about the legacy of this influential master playwright and offers insight into the plays featured in this year’s festival.

Directors’ Panel

Sunday, February 3 at 12:00pm
Tom Hendry Warehouse
140 Rupert Avenue (at Lily Street)

Join us for this lively panel facilitated by theatre director and educator Heidi Malazdrewich. The discussion will focus on representations of women in Ibsen’s work and explore how contemporary directors are addressing themes of gender and feminism in local productions.

Directors: Heather Forgie (R-G Productions, Heroine Addiction), Krista Jackson (Royal MTC, A Doll’s House. Part 2), Frances Koncan (Vault Projects, Hedda Reimagined), Jeff Madden (Winnipeg Mennonite Theatre, Ghosts), Brenda McLean (PTE Adult Company, Tete-a-Tetes), Eli Matilda Ridley (The Genuine Human Moment, When We Dead Awaken)

A Master Builder

Monday, February 4 at 6:30pm
Carol Shields Auditorium, Millennium Library
251 Donald Street (2nd floor)

A successful egomaniacal architect, who has spent a lifetime bullying his wife, employees and mistresses, wants to make peace as his life approaches its final act.

John Gabriel Borkman

Wednesday, February 13 at 8:00pm
101.5FM and

On a cold winter’s night, lingering tensions resurface and threaten to destroy a family.

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