Translated and adapted by Robert Bly from the original by Henrik Ibsen
The Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis (2008)
Directed by Tim Carroll
Lighting design by Stan Pressner
Photography by Michel Daniel
A simple, barely furnished barn in Norwegian Minneapolis is the location for a surprise 50th birthday for Peer Gynt. His heart attack instigates the recounting of his life story in flashback, with help from the barn and its contents. At the height of Peer’s adventures, the entire floor of the barn becomes a wave machine, freezing into sand dunes in the desert scenes and undulating dramatically as the raging sea.
“… this idiosyncratic take on a prickly work might well verge on the definitive.”