Pam Gems' Version of Ibsen's Lady From the Sea Gets U.S. Debut in Chicago, April 22-May 30

News   Pam Gems' Version of Ibsen's Lady From the Sea Gets U.S. Debut in Chicago, April 22-May 30 Chicago's greasy joan & company presents the American premiere of Pam Gems' contemporary take on Henrik Ibsen's The Lady From the Sea, starting April 22.

"The desire for freedom becomes as irresistible as the undertow in one of Ibsen's more symbolic plays," according to the announcement from the award-winning non-Equity company. "Ellida, constantly drawn to the sea, must choose between the man she married and the past life she is unable to forget."

Gems' translation premiered at London's Almeida Theatre in 2003 under the direction of Trevor Nunn and starring Natasha Richardson as Ellida.

Julieanne Ehre, greasy joan & company artistic director, stages the play. Designers are Matthew York (scenic), Alison Heryer (costume), Jenna McDanold (lighting), Joseph Fosco (sound), Scott Pondrum (props).

The cast includes Nicole Burgund (Bolette), David Inglis (Arnholm), George Ketsios (Ballested), Christopher McClinden (Lyngstrand), Braden Moran (the Stranger), Ashley Neal (Hilda), Paul Noble (Dr. Wangel) and Elizabeth Rich (Ellida).

Performances play to May 30 at The Chopin Theatre Studio, 1543 W. Division, Chicago, IL. For information, call (312) 458-0718 or visit www.greasyjoan.org.