CHICAGO — The Theatre School at DePaul University will present Henrik Ibsen’s “The Lady from the Sea” as the first production of the season in the Sondra & Denis Healy Theatre, located in The Theatre School building, 2350 N. Racine Ave. (at Fullerton Avenue). This rarely produced Ibsen work dives into the meaning of partnership and independence. It premieres Oct. 23 and runs through Nov. 1.
The play is translated by Pam Gems and directed by Erin Kraft, a second-year student in The Theatre School’s MFA Directing program.
The play is about Ellida Wangel, who has a secret. Her marriage is on the rocks, and a former flame haunts her. When a mysterious stranger arrives, Ellida’s fears and desires come to the surface. She must decide once and for all where she belongs. Should she embrace her connections on land or succumb to the siren song of the sea?
Performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Previews are Oct. 21 and Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
The performance will be audio described Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. with a pre-performance touch tour for patrons who are blind or have low-vision. Call 773-325-7900 for more information. Additional special events include post-show discussions on Oct. 25 and Oct. 29.
The Theatre School’s 2015-16 season in Lincoln Park is supported by PNC Bank. Tickets are $15, preview tickets are $10 and student tickets are $5. Subscriptions and group rates are available. Tickets are also available online at http://theatre.depaul.edu or by calling the box office at 312-922-1999.
The cast features Gail Tierney (Bolette), JJ McGlone (Ballested), Sam Kotansky (Lyngstrand), Rebecca Keeshin (Hilde), Greg Wenz (Wangel), Charles Johnston (Arnholm), Elsa Guenther (Ellida) and Clint Campbell (The Stranger).
The production staff includes Erin Kraft (director), Camila Devereux (scenic designer), Lara Hall (costume designer), Jamie Lynn Woods (lighting designer), Spencer Batho (sound designer), Shea Agnes Elliot and Johanna Orr (dramaturgs), and Jackson Walsh (stage manager).
Most recently, Kraft directed “Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation” for The Theatre School. Other recent projects include the world premiere of Holly Arsenault’s “Undo” (Annex Theatre, Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play), “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Theatre Anonymous), and the world premiere of Paul Mullin’s “Ballard House Duet” (Custom Made Plays/Washington Ensemble Theatre). At Seattle Repertory Theatre, she’s helmed workshops of “The Cut and The Manor” by Holly Arsenault, “Summerland” by Arlitia Jones and “100 Heartbreaks” by Joanna Garner. Kraft is a member of the Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and served for five years as the casting director at Seattle Repertory Theatre.