We are pleased to announce the publication of A Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen, translated and adapted by Wallace Shawn. Shawn’s version of the play was used by legendary director (and Shawn’s frequent collaborator) André Gregory during 15 years of work on a theatrical production which, as of 2014, has not been produced in a theatre. Instead, it was made into a film by Jonathan Demme (Stop Making Sense, The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), with a cast that includes Shawn, Gregory, Julie Hagerty, Lisa Joyce and Larry Pine.
“Wallace Shawn is one of the most complex and uncompromising moralists of the American theater.”
― Ben Brantley, New York Times
Henrik Ibsen’s Master Builder Solness is a modern classic about a successful, egomaniacal architect who has spent a lifetime bullying his wife, employees and mistresses, but who nonetheless wants to make peace with himself as his life approaches its final act. Shawn, a writer known for his own bleakly hilarious and provocative plays, translates and adapts Ibsen’s Norwegian text into an utterly contemporary vision of the classic play. This book also includes an Afterword by Shawn.
“At once the U.S.’s most profund and overlooked playwright.”― David Hare
Wallace Shawn is the author of Obie Award-winning plays Our Late Night, Aunt Dan and Lemon and The Fever. His other works include Marie and Bruce, The Designated Mourner, Grasses of a Thousand Colors and the screenplay for My Dinner with Andre, in which he also starred.