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Good Luck MacBeth presents Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ April 26 to May 12

By Chris Moran

Good Luck Macbeth Theatre Company will present the Victorian-era drama “Ghosts” by Henrik Ibsen, opening April 26 and running until May 12 at 713 S. Virginia St. A special pay-what-you-can performance is set for May 2 and a Happy Hour Theatre Club performance will be May 3.

This production features Kristina Harris as Mrs. Alving, Zachary Bortot as Oswald, Blair Anthony as Pastor Manders, Rebekah Bortot as Regina and Brian Ault as Engstand. Jim Bernardi, retired professor of theater from the University of Nevada, Reno, and co-founder of the Nevada Repertory Company, will direct and provide the scene design.

Incest, adultery, venereal disease, euthanasia — as contentious as those topics may seem today one can only imagine how incendiary they were back in 1881, when Ibsen wrote “Ghosts,” one of the masterpieces of modern drama. Challenging convention and contemporary thinking, Ibsen explores the hypocrisy and duplicity of Victorian-era values — values that still are debated today. Mrs. Alving, many years earlier trapped in a poisonous marriage, decides not to leave her husband when in her heart she knows she should. The result of that decision has consequences far beyond anything she might have imagined.

After Shakespeare, Ibsen is the most produced playwright in the world. In many ways, “Ghosts” can be viewed as a sequel to his most famous work, “A Doll’s House,” because it too examines a dysfunctional marriage and society’s response to the value of staying in such a marriage. Ibsen long has been viewed as a premiere writer of women’s roles and as an early advocate for women’s rights.

To find out more or to buy tickets, visit Good Luck Macbeth’s website, www.goodluckmacbeth.org, or call 775-322-3716.

Good Luck Macbeth provides a window to the past, a mirror of the present and a vision of the future. It offers community involvement, educational opportunities and social diversity as well as encourages personal and professional growth through engaging theatrical productions. It’s goal is to inspire social consciousness, offer a haven for creativity and perpetually strive to create the best environment for its artists, volunteers and patrons. The intimate theater at 713 S. Virginia St. seats 42 people and shows range across the board — drama, classics, comedy and musicals.