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GhostsThe Odyssey Theatre presents the Los Angeles premiere of Richard Eyre’s breathtaking adaptation of ‘Ghosts,’ Henrik Ibsen's most controversial drama.

“I’m not frightened of God, only of the ghosts in my life… the things that come out of the past.” Odyssey Theatre Ensemble presents the Los Angeles premiere of an electrifying adaptation, by acclaimed British director Richard Eyre, of what may be Henrik Ibsen’s most controversial play. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo, Ghosts will kick off with two public previews on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m., followed by two press previews (also open to the public) on Thursday, Sept. 8 and Friday, Sept. 9. Performances begin September 10 and will continue through October 23 at the Odyssey Theatre’s three-theater complex in West L.A.

As widow Helene Alving tries to start her life anew after the death of her philandering husband, she must confront the ghosts of the past and the weight of her own secrets. She is determined that her son will not follow in his father’s footsteps, but when Oswald returns from France, she discovers that she may be too late.

“One of the shocks of working on this play is how up-to-the-minute it is,” says DeLorenzo. “No playwright merges the political and the personal like Ibsen does. By examining the issues of the day through the conflicts of one single family, he shows us how culture imposes its values on individuals and speaks through us, and how difficult change can be. I wonder if there is a more relevant subject for this year than how we move forward against the tides that are always pulling us back. Eyre’s striking adaptation is funny and sexy, a breathless adaptation that is as true to the original as it is to our time.”

Touching on then-taboo subjects including incest, venereal disease, religious hypocrisy and divorce, Ghosts scandalized Chicago audiences in 1882, where the play premiered when theaters in Europe refused to produce it. The first play Ibsen wrote after A Doll’s House, Ghosts is considered by many to be the story of what might have happened if Nora had stayed with her husband and sought her liberation from within the marriage.

Public previews for Ghosts take place on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 4 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m., followed by two press previews (also open to the public) on Thursday, Sept. 8 and Friday, Sept. 9, both at 8 p.m. Beginning Saturday, Sept. 10, performances will take place on Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 4 p.m., and Mondays at 8 p.m. through October 23 (dark Sunday, Sept 11 and Monday, Sept. 12). Three additional performances are set for Fridays in October: Friday, Oct. 7 Friday, Oct. 14 and Friday, Oct. 21, each at 8 p.m.

Tickets to previews are $20. Tickets to performances on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays range from $25–$40. Tickets to performances on Monday nights are Pay-What-You-Will (reservations open online and at the door starting at 5:30 p.m.). Tickets for artists and educators are $20 with union (AEA-SAG-AFTRA) or school ID on Friday, Sept. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 9.

Post-performance discussions with the artists are scheduled on Monday, Sept. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 9, and are included in the ticket price. The second Friday of each month (Friday, Sept. 9 and Friday, Oct. 14) is “Wine Night”: enjoy complimentary wine and snacks and mingle with the cast after the show.

The Odyssey Theatre is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd., West Los Angeles, 90025. For reservations and information, including up-to-date Covid-19 safety protocols, call (310) 477-2055 or go to

Presenter / Producer: The Odyssey Theatre

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Theater > Drama

Event Phone: 310--477 x2055

The Odyssey Theatre
2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd.
West Los Angeles CA 90025

LA - Hollywood / Westside

Performance Dates: 9/8/2022 - 10/23/2022
Thursday, 09/08/2022
Friday, 09/09/2022
Saturday, 09/10/2022
Saturday, 09/17/2022
Sunday, 09/18/2022
Monday, 09/19/2022
Saturday, 09/24/2022
Sunday, 09/25/2022
Monday, 09/26/2022
Saturday, 10/01/2022
Sunday, 10/02/2022
Monday, 10/03/2022
Friday, 10/07/2022
Saturday, 10/08/2022
Sunday, 10/09/2022
Monday, 10/10/2022
Friday, 10/14/2022
Saturday, 10/15/2022
Sunday, 10/16/2022
Monday, 10/17/2022
Friday, 10/21/2022
Saturday, 10/22/2022
Sunday, 10/23/2022

Performance Times
• Fridays at 8 p.m. (dark Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Sept. 30)
• Saturdays at 8 p.m.
• Sundays at 4 p.m. (dark Sept. 11)
• Mondays at 8 p.m. (dark Sept. 12)

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Monday nights: Pay What You Will

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