Chapter Nine Reinventions of Women and Nation in Ibsen Performances
A play is a work of art, but once it is put on stage it becomes a social event with a function much broader than its artistic effects. A stage production involves not just the playwright but also the production team and the audience. Of these three elements, audience response has a decisive role in determining the success of a production and the style the performance will take. The stage production of a play is a matter entirely different from its translation. Presumably all of Ibsen’s plays can be translated into Chinese, but not every one of them can be put on stage. A stage presentation involves the director’s interpretation of the original and the innovation he or she wishes to make so that the audience will find it fresh and rewarding to watch a play that has been staged numerous times.