Creative Director Görkem Acaroğlu is using Henrik Ibsen’s play Ghosts to workshop ideas on how we can integrate media actors into a dramatic theatre context. She is doing this for a number of reasons:
Ghosts it is a classic piece of naturalism, character driven, set in one location, dealing with interpersonal relationships. It has been tried and tested for over one hundred years so we did not need to question the text’s capacity as a narrative. Its strengths are that the world is created entirely through dialogue and there is so much room for interpretation based on different sub-textual choices made by the actors and director. The challenges of staging such a work today, if we were to do so, are its length (the amount of time it takes the characters to address an issue is very different to what contemporary audiences are used to), and how to make some of the references, now dated, relevant for contemporary audiences. Those things aside, as a team we felt quite confident that if we could understand how a technology or media could act in a play like Ghosts we could translate this to virtually any other dramatic text that existed.
"Ghosts confronts the audience with issues around out-of-wedlock children, venereal disease, incest, infidelity, and euthanasia. It is the story of a woman, Mrs. Alving, who is preparing for the opening of an orphanage in memory of her husband, Captain Alving, on the tenth anniversary of his death. The captain was an important and respected man in his community, and Mrs. Alving plans to raise this one great memorial to him so that she will not have to ever again speak of him. She wants to avoid the awful truth: that he was a cheating, immoral philanderer whose public reputation was a sham. Their son Oswald has come home from Paris with the news that he is dying of syphilis, which he contracted in the womb, and planning to marry the family’s maid. He hopes that she can nurse him as his illness progresses, and Mrs. Alving has to tell him that the maid is actually Captain Alving’s illegitimate daughter."
Source: Drama for Students, ©2012 Gale Cengage.