MCCC Drama Students Combine Ibsen and Art at ARTWORKS Feb. 18-19


MCCC Drama students will perform "Ibsen @ ARTWORKS” on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. The event will take place in the gallery at ARTWORKS, and include staged readings from two Ibsen plays, “Peer Gynt” and “A Doll’s House.” The event is presented to the public free of charge. ARTWORKS is located across from the DMV building on Stockton Street, just off the Market Street Exit of Route 1. Parking is conveniently located next to the building.

Directed by Maureen Heffernan, the students’ dramatic readings will be supplemented with paintings by long-time MCCC Art Professor and well-known artist Mel Leipzig. Leipzig, an Ibsen aficionado, will serve as dramaturge for the production. According to Nick Anselmo, MCCC drama program coordinator, Leipzig is the driving force behind the production. “The students will use translations by the late Rolf Fjelde, the pre-eminent scholar and translator of Ibsen’s work in America. Leipzig and Fjelde were close friends, and Leipzig used him and Ibsen as the subject for several paintings to be displayed during the performance,” Anselmo said. (See paintings below.)

Anselmo explains that both plays represent an important period in Henrik Ibsen's development as a writer. “Since we are only doing the final acts, Mel will deliver a synopsis of each play to help the audience follow the action.”

According to Anselmo, staged readings of literary works are a tremendous opportunity for drama students. “There are so many great pieces of theatre that are too expensive to produce, but that are vital to the training of young actors,” he said. “By performing the plays as staged or concert readings with script in hand and no set other than music stands, students have a chance to dive in and focus on these epic characters without the stress of sets, costumes and lights.” In addition to MCCC students, several local professional actors will participate in the production.

Anselmo adds that the college’s collaboration with ARTWORKS provides a perfect setting to blend theatre and art and to highlight the college’s renewed commitment to the arts in downtown Trenton. For more information on the upcoming performance, contact Drama Program Coordinator Nick Anselmo or email

In partnership with the city of Trenton, the Friends of ARTWORKS Board, and the Trenton Artists Workshop Association (TAWA), MCCC's Fine Arts faculty began offering classes at ARTWORKS in September, 2004. For information on the current schedule, call (609) 586-9446 or click here.


Leipzig's Paintings of Rolf Fjelde and Family

"Rolf Fjelde, Ibsen's Translator, and His Family"
54" x 74"

"The Twin Sons of Ibsen's Translator"
36" x 68"



"The Grandchildren of Ibsen's Translator"'
36" x 58"







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