Ghosts (Co-produced with Penfold Theatre Co., October 2011)
The Penfold/Breaking String joint production of Ghosts is a moody, beautiful piece. - Michael Meigs, Austin Live Theatre Review
Director Graham Schmidt of Breaking String has directed several other plays from this period, and he knows not only whom to cast but how to direct them – how to navigate the parts that are more foreign to today's audience and how to rely on what is unique about this sort of theatre. - Elizabeth Cobbe, Austin Chronicle Review
For their production of the Ibsen's intense drama Ghosts, Breaking String and Penfold have brought together some of the city's top talent, all lead by the brilliant hand of Graham Schmidt, and create an intense, polished journey into a world of secrets, lies, and a family on the edge of a breakdown. - Ryan Johnson, Austin Theater Examiner Review
Penfold Theatre Company - in association with Breaking String Theater - have paired an award-winning cast with a breath-taking adaptation of the 100-year-old play Ghosts, by famed Norwegian Henrik Ibsen, and crafted a brilliant and chilling production. - Austin Onstage Review
About The Production:
Tomorrow, a new orphanage will be dedicated in honor of the late Captain Alving, but his widow is tormented by the ghosts of family secrets. Keeping these secrets may prove an impossible burden, but exposing them could spell ruin for the entire family. This classic masterpiece of modern drama features Babs George is produced in partnership with Penfold Theater.
This Ghosts is void of actual specters, but its haunting themes, tight psychological tension and dark social commentary have caused the play to be recognized as a seminal work by one of the fathers of modern drama.
Artistic and Production Team
The production is a collaboration between two of Austin's exciting and award-winning troupes, Penfold Theatre Company and Breaking String Theater. Helmed by director Graham Schmidt (Cherry Orchard, Flying, UncleVanya), the creative team includes a number of Austin area favorites, including leading lady Babs George.
Featuring Kim Adams, Ryan Crowder, Travis Dean, Babs George and Michael Stuart. Design by Ia Enstera, Buffy Manners, Buzz Moran and Steven Shirey. Stage managed by Lisa Filemyr. Assistant directed by Nathen Jerkins.
- Austin Critics' Table Award Nomination for Outstanding Scenic Design, Ia Enstera (winner)
- Austin Critics' Table Award Nomination for Outstanding Lighting Design
- Austin Critics' Table Award Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress, Babs George
- Austin Critics' Table Award Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role, Kim Adams
- Austin Critics' Table Award Nomination for Outstanding Sound Design, Buzz Moran