Considered Ibsen's most controversial play, Ghosts caused a furor when it was first published and it remains one of the Norwegian master's most influential works. Mrs. Alving wants to protect her late husband's memory and avoid the awful truth: he was a cheating, immoral philanderer whose public reputation was a sham. Things begin to unravel when their dying son, Osvald, announces his plan to marry the family's maid. This is a must-see play, as timely today as the most recent headlines for its piercing insights into maintaining appearances at all costs.
Rick Davis' and Brian Johnston's "spare, clear and briskly colloquial translation" (San Francisco Chronicle) is directed by Gil Lazier and stars Jessica K. Peterson as Helene Alving.