David O. Nilsson Lecture in Contemporary Drama and Literature – Dr. Brant Pope Presents Henrik Ibsen
Where: Fine Arts Library (DFA 3.200) at The University of Texas at Austin.
Background: The 10th Annual Nilsson Lecture in Contemporary Drama and Literature returns to its roots with a focus on the work of the playwright who inspired the lecture series, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen.
The evening will feature chair of the university’s Department of Theatre and Dance Dr. Brant Pope, who will present critical scenes from the work of the 19th century dramatist.
Generally accepted as the "father of modern drama," and the master of social realism, Ibsen was a major influence on contemporary playwrights such as George Bernard Shaw, Clifford Odets and especially Arthur Miller. The program will focus on three of his most important plays; A Doll House, Ghosts, and Hedda Gabler, all of which examine the plight of the individual torn between duty to family and society, and the duty to one's own happiness and fulfillment.
By directing specific scenes from these works and showing them in the context of modernist theatre content and practice, Dr. Pope will give a glimpse into the genius of this innovative playwright.
The Nilsson Lecture was founded through the generosity of Dr. David O. Nilsson, a retired mathematics professor at The University of Texas at Austin, independent scholar and Henrik Ibsen aficionado.
Past lectures have featured the Swedish novelist Lars Gustaffson (speaking on paradox in Ibsen’s The Wild Duck), and director of Shakespeare at Winedale James Loehlin (on Stanislavski’s contrarian production of The Cherry Orchard), and an entertaining panel of local playwrights including internationally-renowned Kirk Lynn and Keene Prize winner George Brant (discussing the state and fate of theater), a master class on Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing featuring noted British and local thespians, and a lecture featuring Robert Faires reprising an excerpted version of his notable one-man take on Henry V.