I have recently read Ibsen’s When We Dead Awaken, surpassing Enemy of the People as my favorite Ibsen play. When We Dead Awaken is in many ways a play of oppositions & dualism, in other ways of echoes & reflection to his earlier works. Above all, I see it as a haunting reflection of tortured artist’s struggle between art and reality (was the creation of art really worth forgoing the living of reality). Apparently, When We Dead Awaken is the least performed of Ibsen’s plays. To me, this is a great travesty, a sham, and a mockery… a traveshamockery, if you will. My solution? Dear David Lynch, adapt and direct this play to film. If anyone can do duality & surrealism, you can. Just a thought.
A Short Letter to David Lynch