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The Lady from the Sea

by Henrik Ibsen
Adapted from a new translation by Richard Nelson
Directed by Shana Cooper

Feb 25, 2022 — Apr 10, 2022

“overflows with metaphor and verbal imagery … Cross is luminous” -Chicago Sun-Times

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When a sailor returns to fulfill their promise, a lighthouse keeper’s daughter must choose between her landlocked marriage and the mesmerizing allure of the sea. Hailed as a watershed moment in Ibsen’s writing, The Lady from the Sea dissects issues of duty, marriage, and agency with raw emotion and disarming resonance. 

Canceled in March of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Lady from the Sea makes a triumphant return to Court’s stage in a new translation from playwright Richard Nelson starring Chaon Cross (Photograph 51, The Hard Problem). Director Shana Cooper injects Nelson’s text with a visceral physicality that thrillingly reflects and refracts Ibsen’s structure and characterization.

Stream On Demand

No longer available. Professionally captured with multiple cameras, our on-demand video version offers an intimate way to experience this beautiful play. The stream is available March 21 – April 10, 2022. Questions? See our streaming FAQ or call the Box Office at (773) 753-4472.

The Lady from the Sea is sponsored by Sidley Austin Foundation and Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation

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Photo of Gregory Linington, Will Mobley, Dexter Zollicoffer, and Chaon Cross. (Brosilow)

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Articles and Interviews

Ibsen, Folklore, and Myth

Learn more about how folklore inspired THE LADY FROM THE SEA, one of Ibsen's most mercurial plays.

Ellida’s Choice

How is Ellida similar to other Ibsenian heroines? Learn about the choice she's faced with in THE LADY FROM THE SEA and how she navigates society's gendered confines.

Her Choice

Ibsen scholar Dr. Ruth Schor reflects on the role of choice in the playwright's canon.

Ibsen in Performance

Discover how different directors and actors have brought Ibsen to life on stage and film.

Ibsen in Popular Culture

How have Ibsen and THE LADY FROM THE SEA influenced other aspects of pop culture? Find out in this blog about Ibsen on film.

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