The Lady from the Sea
by Henrik Ibsen
A Dallas Premiere
November 7 – December 2, 2018
***Added Preview on November 7th at 7:30 pm!***
Directed by Undermain Company Member Blake Hackler
Opening Night Saturday November 10, 2018
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm with Sunday 2:00 matinees
There will be no performance on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22.
Undermain returns the Classics with Ibsen’s rarely seen drama, The Lady from the Sea. Ellida, a lighthouse-keeper’s daughter, is trapped on an island in her marriage and longs for the sea. The conflict in the mermaid-like Ellida Wangel is between her duty to her devoted husband and her attraction to a mysterious, seagoing stranger from her past. Her duty to convention takes second place to an otherworldly awareness of more mystical bonds challenging her wedding vows. Written in 1888, years after A Doll’s House but before Hedda Gabler, The Lady from the Sea continues Ibsen’s exploration of the imbalances of marriage and a woman’s need for freedom. It is haunting and delightfully real in its display of this world and the otherworld, with both containing an intoxicating desire to be set free.
A Modern Classic sponsored by Cece and Ford Lacy.
“The Lady from the Sea is one of the strangest and most haunting of Ibsen’s works.”
“The Lady from the Sea is full of spine-tingling moments with no lack of contemporary resonance.”
~The Globe and Mall
“The Lady from the Sea paints an astonishingly dynamic portrayal of relationships, looking hardest at the effect of a male-controlled society, where the benefits of marriage are reserved mainly for men. But the play’s through-line that marriage should be about equality – freedom of decision, working together and truth – is absolutely still something for today.” ~Time Out