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Helen Alving, widow of Captain Alving, has been careful to cover up the truth about her depraved husband.  Unable to leave him prior to his death for fear of being shunned by the community and her pastor, she had to make do. When the play begins, she is about to celebrate the dedication of the orphanage built on her estate and named after him. She has hidden the evils of her marriage, and has built the orphanage to deplete her husband's wealth so that their son, Oswald, might not inherit anything from him. Yet, despite her noble actions, she discovers Oswald has inherited from his father just the same.

 

Considered one of the greatest plays written, Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts was banned from production in his home country of Norway for several years because of its shocking depiction of the mendacity of Victorian society. Today, the work still haunts us, as an exposé of the evils of privilege, an indictment of double standards for men and women, and a reminder as to the futility of hiding the wrong committed by others in the past.
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GHOSTS

PERFORMS



THURSDAY at 8PM

FRIDAY at 8PM

SATURDAY at 8PM

SUNDAY at 2PM

Regina ........................................................................... Madison Garvin Lee
Engstrand ........................................................................... Stephen Hanna
Pastor Manders ..........................................................................Todd Taylor 
Mrs. Alving .............................................................................  Cheryl Muller
Oswald .......................................................................................  Jacob Erney
CAST
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After publishing A Dolls House in 1879, in which Nora Helmer in the end feels obliged to leave her husband and children, Henrik Ibsen wrote Ghosts about a family in which the wife has chosen to stay.

 

The publication of Ghosts in Scandinavia met with violent reactions. Ibsen had expected protests from conservative critics, but he was surprised by the vehemence of the response even from liberal papers. People were shocked by what they felt was a derogatory presentment of a man of the church, and they were extremely provoked by the play's implicit reference to such issues as promiscuity among respectable citizens visiting Paris, a case of a venereal disease affecting an upper-middle-class family, and the idea that incest probably did occur in many apparently “decent” families. The dramatic concentration of the action likely contributed to the extraordinary impact to the readers.

 

Ghosts was first presented by an amateur group of Scandinavian immigrants in Chicago in 1882, but no permanent theater ventured to stage the play publicly until 1890, when it was produced in Bergen. Since then Ghosts has acquired a permanent place as the cornerstone of the Modern Era.

 

Ghosts is the only play by Ibsen referred to as a family drama. There are five characters; fewer than any other of his plays: a mother, her son, his half-sister, a carpenter, and a friend of the family. They represent very different social positions.

 

Mrs. Alving is liberal minded, well-informed about intellectual contemporary ideas, but also a killjoy occupied by fulfilling her duties. Oswald knows he is ill without understanding why. Regina is a social climber. Engstrand is an amazing hypocrite, engaged in activities of a dubious nature, and clever in obtaining his goals. Pastor Manders is a conservative clergyman, afraid of scandal, naïve, and easily fooled.

HENRIK IBSEN is the second most produced playwright in the world. He is often called the Father of Modern Theater. Beginning as a stage manager and director, nearly his entire life was dedicated to the theater.
HENRIK IBSEN
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CHERYL MULLER (Mrs. Alving) is a local actresss. A long time ago, in a far-away galaxy, Cheryl was involved with theatre, radio and TV in Detroit, Michigan. She trained for 3 years at Willoway Apprentice Theatre in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Then she married, went to college, got her RN, had 4 children and during that time only involved herself in theatre at her church or childrens’ school.  After retiring in 2010 from nursing, she found her way back to theatre and has been involved with 10 plays since then: “Crossing Delancy”, “The Bad Seed”, “Lost in Yonkers”, “Christmas Carol”, “Curious Savage”, “Blithe Spirit”,  “All My Sons”, “Picnic”, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, “I Hate Hamlet” and now, “Ghosts”. She hopes to be able to keep at this, her first love,  for another few years……... until she can no longer memorize lines.

JACOB ERNEY (Oswald) is very excited to perform in his first production with Columbus Civic Theater. Jacob made his debut in community theatre earlier this year in May, working with Gallery Players Theatre and their production of The Farnsworth Invention as Stan Willis and Ensemble. Jacob has also appeared as Bela Zangler (Crazy For You), Willy Loman (Death of A Salesman), and Mr. DePinna (You Can’t Take it With You). Jacob would like to thank his high school directors, his friends, and of course his loving family: his Uncle Ken, Aunt Catherine, mother, father, and his twin brother, Al.
MADISON GARVIN LEE (Regina) is thrilled to be making her second appearance with Columbus Civic Theater! She previously played Helena in Civic's most recent production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." She has worked with several local theatre companies in the last couple years, including Shots in the Dark, Curtain Players, Evolution Theatre Company, Weathervane Playhouse, and Out of the Box Community Theatre. In 2013, Madison was nominated for Best Supporting Actor by Columbus Roundtable for her work in Columbus State's "A Friday in November." Her favourite stage roles include Madge Owens in "Picnic" and Jo March in "Little Women." Madison has also worked in student and Hollywood films alike, including Billy Bob Thornton's "Jayne Mansfield's Car" and Kellie Madison's "The Tank." Madison would like to thank everyone who has enabled her acting addiction, especially her spouse, who always helps her learn her lines.

TODD TAYLOR (Pastor Manders) is a core member of the Civic, having appeared in over twenty productions on this stage. His most significant roles were Dr. Haggett in The Last Christopher Bean, John Twowig in Drama at Inish, Touchstone in As You Like It, Saunders in Lend Me a Tenor, Judge Dempsey in Strictly Dishonorable, and Nils Krogstad in A Doll's House.  Mr. Taylor owns and runs Hair Dimensions in Clintonville.

STEPHEN HANNA (Enstrand) Stephen has been onstage since age 7 as an Oompa Loompa in Charlie and the chocolate factory and has been hooked ever since. His favorite roles have been ‘Israel Hands’ in Treasure Island (Actors Theater), ‘the Fiddler’ in Fiddler on the Roof (Gallery Players), and continues to be ‘Uncle Silly’ to his many nieces and nephews. Thanks to Richard, Cheryl, Todd, Madison, Jacob and Sam for this chance to play with the Civic.