The Wild Duck

Play

Writers: Henrik Ibsen

Overview

Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts
5
First Produced
1884
Genres
Drama
Settings
Period, Multiple Settings
Time & Place
Norway, 1800s, Hakon Werle’s house, Hialmar Ekdal’s house
Cast Size
medium
Licensor
None/royalty-free
Ideal for
College/University, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Regional Theatre, Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, adult, elderly, early teen, young adult characters

Synopsis

Gregers Werle has returned from the Hoidal works up north and unexpectedly turned up at his father’s house, a place of secrets and sins. Gregers accuses his father of scapegoating his former business partner, and then acting charitably only to cover up his misdeeds: Old Werle has set up his former partner’s son, Hialmar, with a photography studio, and introduced Hialmar to his now-wife, Gina. Hialmar and Gina have a 14-year-old daughter, Hedvig, a curious child with failing eyesight who tends to the rescued wild duck living in their house. Gregers is determined to right the wrongs of past generations, no matter the cost or who he hurts in the process--so deeply does he believe in the idealism of living without lies. What will he expose? About whom? And will he be able to restore the integrity he seeks, or will he succumb to his own self-righteous ego? Henrik Ibsen’s The Wild Duck is an investigation into the psychology of what makes people happy and content, and the lengths to which the will go to preserve their life’s illusions.

Lead Characters