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"Ghosts" discussions to explore artists' works

Released: 10/07/2004

Panel discussions after two upcoming performances of "Ghosts" at LSU Alexandria will study the work of the Norwegian artist who wrote the play and two others who inspired the local production. Dr. Jim Stacy, director of the Empty Space Players’ production, said the ground-breaking classic by playwright Henrik Ibsen is inspired by painter Edvard Munch and composer Edvard Grieg. Munch made headlines recently with the theft of his masterwork “Scream.” The image matches the inner turmoil of Ghosts character Oswald, the son tormented with the onset of syphilis. Stacy said many of Munch’s paintings seem to capture the same psyche represented in Ibsen’s plays. In fact, Munch and Ibsen were mutual admirers of the other’s art, and Munch once designed sets for "Ghosts." Grieg wrote the music for Ibsen’s early epic “Peer Gynt,” which also has been used as a springboard for the original score to be featured in the LSU Alexandria production. In addition, Grieg’s pieces will be used as pre-show music, Stacy said. The two post-show discussions that will examine the Norwegian psyche as projected by Ibsen, Munch and Grieg will include panelists and a display of Munch’s art. They will follow the 2:30 p.m. matinee performance on Sunday, Oct. 17, and the 1:30 matinee on Friday, Oct. 22. Other curtain times for Ghosts are 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, Oct. 16, Oct. 22 and Oct. 23, and 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 24. The performances will be in Room 205 of the Fitness Center on the LSU Alexandria campus. For more information, call 473-6467 or 473-6581.