Theater Arts Guild Opens "Ghosts" April 15

04/08/2011
Contact: Rebeca Rakoczy
Phone: 678-891-2691
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Author: Rebecca Rakoczy

For Immediate Release

Georgia Perimeter College’s Theatre Arts Guild presents Henrik Ibsen’s play, “Ghosts,” opening Friday, April 15. The three-act drama is guest directed by Barbara Cole Uterhardt, Atlanta-based actor and director, and artistic company manager at OnStage Atlanta.

In this masterpiece of modern theater, Helen Alving plans the dedication of an orphanage in memory of her late husband, but tightly wound secrets unravel to reveal startling truths surrounding her son Oswald’s strange affliction and his obsession with their maid, Regina. The “sins of the father” are literally made manifest, as Alving desperately tries to save her son before the ghosts of the past destroy everything around her.

Performances are 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday, April 15 and 16, 22 and 23 and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24. The play will be performed at the GPC Clarkston Campus, Cole Auditorium, in the Fine Arts Building at 555 N. Indian Creek Drive.

Norwegian playwright Ibsen is widely regarded as the father of modern drama, said Uterhardt. “His works issued scathing commentaries on 19th century morality, examining the truths behind the façades of family relationships and proprieties of the era,” she said. Like many of his better-known plays, ‘Ghosts’ was met in its day by scandal and outrage. Ibsen’s contemporaries were shocked and appalled by the play’s frank treatment of forbidden topics such as venereal disease, incest, and euthanasia―and their interjection into proper society.”

Sally Robertson, GPC Fine Arts associate professor and theater coordinator, is pleased to have Uterhardt directing “Ghosts.”

“While a period piece, “Ghosts” examines universal questions and themes that are just as intriguing today as they were over a century ago, providing our college and community actors with challenging but rewarding material for exploration,” she said.

Reservations are suggested. There will be no late seating. The production may be inappropriate for ages 15 and younger. Neither infants nor toddlers will be admitted. Tickets are $15; one free with a GPC-ID; discounts are available for seniors, children, and non-GPC students.
For tickets, call Call 678-891-3572 or purchase full-price tickets (only) at http://gpc.tix.com

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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves more than 25,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.