Saturday, October 4, 2008

Adapting the Classics – The Master Builder

Red Tape Theatre's panel Adapting the Classics will be presented on Saturday, October 11 at 4:30 p.m., between performances of Dog in a Manger.

Panelist Blake Montgomery is the Artistic Director of The Building Stage ( He co-directed/adapted Henrik Ibsen’s The Master Builder in June 2008. The four person ensemble each took a role in this psychological adaptation set in the head of the title character. Halvard Solness fears the next generation will surpass his lifetime of achievements and lashes out angrily at them. His three young ensemble members switched costumes and roles as his lovers, confidantes and rivals confronted him to offer warnings and advice. As Solness’ mind began to shatter the barriers between the other characters roles began to dissolve.

The Building Stage’s mission states “We believe theater is made, not written. And while each project has its own unique process of creation, each is driven by the spirit of investigation: to ask, through action on the stage, how a piece functions, how it is constructed, and what must be done to make it work.” Red Tape will soon begin work on our own adaptation of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. I am thrilled Mr. Montgomery could join our panel and am eager to hear him speak on his company’s creative process. Their current production, Dracula, runs through October 18, 2008.

Other panelists include:
  • Libby Ford, Associate Artistic Director of Greasy Joan & Co.
  • Tony Lewis, Artistic Director of MidTangeant Productions
  • Katie McLean, Artistic Ensemble Member at Lifeline Theatre Company

Paul G. Miller
Season Dramaturge

Dog in a Manger opens October 6.
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