Translated by Christopher Hampton
Full Length, Drama
Characters: 3 male, 2 female
This riveting family drama is a classic of the modern theatre. Oswald Alving returns for the dedication of the orphanage to his father’s memory and has a flirtation with the family maid who, it turns out, is his father’s illegitimate daughter. As the long-supressed truths collide, the orphanage is destroyed by fire, the maid deserts the family in disgust when she learns her true parentage, and Mrs. Alving is left alone to care for her hopelessly insane son who has fallen prey to the social disease that killed his father. The role of Mrs. Alving, considered one of the greatest in the modern repertoire, has been played by Liv Ullman, Geraldine Page, Eva Le Galliene, Mrs. Fiske, Alla Nazimova and Eleonora Duse.
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