We are pleased to announce the publication of Gnit by Will Eno. A bold adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic Peer Gynt, Gnit enjoyed its world premiere at Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2013, as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
“The marvel of [Mr. Eno’s] new version is how closely it tracks the original while also being, at every moment and unmistakably, a Will Eno play… After climbing the craggy peaks of Ibsen’s daunting play, Mr. Eno has brought down from its dizzying heights a surprisingly crowd-pleasing (if still-strange) work.”
―New York Times
Peter Gnit, a funny enough, but so-so specimen of humanity, makes a lifetime of bad decisions on the search for his True Self. This is a rollicking yet cautionary tale about (among other things) how the opposite of love is laziness. Gnit is a faithful, unfaithful and willfully American misreading of Ibsen’s Peer Gynt (a nineteenth-century Norwegian play), written by Will Eno, who has never been to Norway.
“If ever a play made me want to be a better person, this is it.” ― Bob Fischbach, Omaha World-Herald
Will Eno’s most recent plays include The Open House (Signature Theatre, New York, 2014; Obie Award, Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play) and The Realistic Joneses (Yale Repertory Theatre, New Haven, 2012; Broadway, 2014). His play Middletown received the Horton Foote Prize and Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. Mr. Eno lives in Brooklyn.