Genre: Classical
by Henrik Ibsen, Directed by Blake Bradford

Halvard Solness, a brilliantly successful architect, has willed his unspoken desire into reality at every turn—but not without a price.  Now he lives in fear that the next generation will rise up and cast him aside. When Hilda Wangel, a bewitching young woman, arrives to collect on a decade-old debt, she breathes new life into the Solness home but also rekindles painful memories. Will she help him reach the pinnacle, or will she be the one to finally knock the Master Builder from his tower?

Directed by Emmy Award winner Blake Bradford, The Master Builder is a taut psychological drama by Henrik Ibsen, author of A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler.

Open:   01/13/11
Close:   01/22/11

1/13 8pm, 1/14 8pm,
1/15 8pm, 1/16 2pm,
1/20 8pm, 1/21 8pm,
1/22 8pm
Theater:   Wings Theatre
Address:   154 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014
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Closest subway: 1, 9 to Christopher Street, west on Christopher Street several blocks to theatre

Cost:$20 Regular, $15 Student (with valid ID)
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Wings Theatre Box Office at 212-627-2961
Company: Zephyer Rep

Bill Purdy (Halvard Solness).  Bill is grateful for the experience of this challenging role. Actually, Bill's first appearance on a stage was in a 1973 production of Ibsen's "Enemy of the People" at Eastern College in St. Davids, Pennsylvania.  He has been involved for many years on-stage and back-stage in theatres in New Jersey and New York City, where he trained at Ward Studios.    NYC Theatre credits:  A Night in Vegas; I, Undertow; Dark of the Moon; Pants On Fire; Tyrannos Rex; Sisyphus's Day Off.   N.J. Theater: Rashomon, Bees in Honey Drown, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, La Cage aux Folles, Great Expectations, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (director) as well as designing and building numerous sets.  

Meghan Sara Karre (Hilda Wangel) is thrilled to be a part of The Master Builder!  Recent credits include The Prince of Hell's Kitchen at ATA (twice!), and Snapshot: A Dramatic Anthology with Adam Roebuck Productions.  She hails from the "even colder" Binghamton, NY, where she played such favourite roles as Dorine (Tartuffe), Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream) and Imrie (Outskirts).  Thanks to her family for their continuing patience with her crazy dreams and schemes, none of which would be possible without the unwavering support (in more ways than one!) of Eli Bosnick.

Elise Gainer (Aline Solness) is delighted to be performing for the first time with Zephyer Rep.  She moved here after graduating from the Boston Conservatory in 2003. The most inspiring show she’s ever had the honor to be in was elegies for angels, punks, & raging queens written and directed by Bill Russell. Her favorite role to date is Eliza Doolittle from My Fair Lady. In addition to performing at regional theaters, Elise enjoyed performing many seasons with the Leyden Singers and The Oregon Symphony. She is grateful to Blake for giving her the opportunity to perform with this great cast. And she thanks her boyfriend for his wonderful support.

Gregory Adair (Dr. Herdal) The Master Builder marks Gregg's 32nd production since returning to acting in 2005 AND one of the most special!  After playing a slew of officers in the 19th and 20th centuries (Col Campbell in Metal Gear, Lt Col Chandler in The Andersonville Trial, and U.S. Grant in The Tragedy of A. Lincoln) Gregg played Fred and Old Joe in the perennial classic A Christmas Carol.  Currently Gregg will be seen as the Bounty Hunter in Harriet Tubman Returns.

Michael Broadhurst (Ragnar Brovik) is very excited to be in his first show for Zephyer Rep. He is a recent graduate of Circle In The Square Theater School where he was Quentin in his final production of After The Fall. Recent credits include The Taming Of The Shrew, Cymbeline, Romeo and Juliet and Absurdities.  Michael would like to thank his family for their support, as well as Zephyer Rep and Wings Theatre for the opportunity.

Noreen O'Neill (Kaia Fosli) hopped on a plane four years ago from Los Angeles to New York City and she's never going back.  She just graduated from Marymount Manhattan with a BFA in theater performance and proceeded to land a role in Jane's Room (Looking Glass Theater), Othello (Julii Theater) and Something Outrageous (45th Street Theater).  Favorite roles include: Emily in Our Town, Banannas in House of Blue Leaves, and Viola in Twelfth Night.  Noreen is absolutely giddy to be doing her first show at Wings Theater. Thanks to Mom and Dad for the constant encourgement.

Ed Moroney (Knut Brovik) is grateful to have another Zephyer Rep opportunity here at the Wings Theatre (the last being Jack in Downside Risk).  In his acting career on stage and film, he has been crazy, mute, solemn, dying (or dead), retiring, nasty, and/or politically incorrect.  He yet hopes there will be a role in a romantic comedy for an old (living) person.  Until then, he is glad to be here and sincerely thanks his awesome cast and crew mates and the audience for the opportunity.


Blake Bradford (Director) is an Emmy Award winning writer/director whose theatrical work has appeared all over the US and internationally in Canada, Mexico, Greece, Scotland/England, Denmark, Italy and South Africa.  His original plays I, Undertow, Dance at Bataan, The Last Cloud, Gay Slave Handbook and Word Within the Word are actively seen in the regional circuits and NYC.  His new play, The Unfortunate Honeymoon of Tony and Steve just completed a long run here at Wings Theatre.  He has adapted Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard (1920's Charleston, SC), which has now played NYC twice, Lorca's The House of Bernarda Alba (with music composed by Lorca) and Much Ado About Everything (with Michael Weems).  He will be directing The Last Laugh with two-time Emmy winner Joan Darling and Judy Kerr this winter in LA, and then in April he will direct Bill Svanoe's Callback in Santa Fe, NM.

Blake is currently on the staff of "Live from Lincoln Center" (PBS), where they won a 2008 Emmy for Madama Butterfly. He just completed the highly acclaimed live airing of South Pacific for LFLC.  Other TV credits include "The Big Gay Sketch Show" (LOGO/MTV), "Showtime at the Apollo" (NBC), "Drama Desk Awards" (PBS) and "Arthur Ashe Kids Day" (CBS).  He serves as Artistic Director of Zephyer Rep.


Linda Hill (Assistant Director) is a nationally renown performing artist who has appeared on Cinemax, Nashville Network, PBS and Comedy Central. She has starred with such talent as Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, Don Novello a.k.a. Father Guido Sarducci and with Miss Minnie Pearl. She has been an artist in residence with Home for Contemporary Theatre and Art and HERE Space and hosted the No Shame series for 3 years at the Public Theatre. Her solo performances have been featured at P.S.122, the Kitchen, Surf Reality, Dixon Place and the Vineyard Theatre. She's hosted PBS Comedy Tonight, New York City Opry, the Brooklyn Country Music Festival, Brooklyn County Fair and her own monthly show, Lindy Loo's Country Cuzins. Currently she is at work on a novella, Girl Child, and touring a new solo project, Big City Hick. Find her on facebook to join her fan club. She's thrilled to be working with Zephyer Rep again - this is her seventh production with the company.


Emily Rolston (Production Stage Manager) Emily is a recent graduate of Le Moyne College with a BA in Theatre Arts.  She has stage managed twelve shows with Zephyer Rep.  Previously, Emily has worked as a stage manager/assistant stage manager for the Gifford Family Theatre, Boomerang Theatre Company, and Wingspan Arts.