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Programming - The Master Builder


Adapter: Neil Wechsler

Director: David Oliver

Set Designer: Caleb Wertenbaker

For its first production, the Against the Grain Theater Festival produced a fully staged reading of Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder at Silo City along Buffalo’s waterfront.  The production was staged at three different locations on the Silo City site.  As the play progressed, audience members and actors moved from stage to stage. The Master Builder tells the story of Halvard Solness, an aging architect, and Hilda Wangel, a young woman who inspires him to build his crowning achievement. Neil Wechsler, Against the Grain Theater Festival’s Artistic Director, adapted Ibsen’s original text.  The cast and crew were made up of talented people from Buffalo, Chicago, New York City, and Toronto. Accomplished local director and actor David Oliver directed Wechsler’s adaptation. The two teamed previously to create the acclaimed production of Ibsen’s Emperor and Galilean at Torn Space Theater. Celebrated New York City designer Caleb Wertenbaker designed the sets. Marvin Carlson, one of the world’s leading theater scholars, gave a brief talk on The Master Builder immediately following Sunday night’s performance entitled, “Solness’s Faustian Bargain.”

Video by Carl Lee

Photos by Mary Cahill

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