The Irish Repertory Theater opens its 21st season with the world premiere of Frank McGuinness' adaption of The Master Builder, by
Henrik Ibsen. Ciaran O'Reilly directs.
Halvard Solness, a successful architect and
builder in a small Norwegian town has mercilessly dominated his employees and his wife, Aline. Hilde Wangel, a vivacious young woman arrives unannounced. Hilde has idolized Solness for ten years, since in the early stages of his career, he built a large church in her hometown and heroically climbed to the top of the
tower to celebrate its dedication. The architect's presence had a profound
effect on the young girl of twelve when he promised to return and, "build her
a kingdom." Today, the ten years are up and Hilde has come to reap what he has