Special Episode: Oliver Butler on Remounting ‘Gnit,’ ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’


On this episode, Matt talks to award-winning director Oliver Butler about the return of Will Eno’s Ibsen adaptation “Gnit.” After being shut down following just a handful of performances in March 2020, Oliver, playwright Will Eno, and a cast made of some returning and some new company members will return to Brooklyn’s Theatre for a New Audience on Oct. 30 for a three-week run of “Gnit.”

The show is a modern retelling of Henrick Ibsen’s bizarre and otherworldly “Peer Gynt,” and if you are familiar with Eno’s work, you can only imagine where he will take this new piece. In addition to “Gnit,” Oliver and Matt also discuss getting the national tour of “What the Constitution Means to Me” back up and running following the shut down.

Peter Gnit, a modern-day version of Ibsen’s heroic character “Peer Gynt,” is a carefree young man on a reckless search for Experience and the True Self. Armed with tales from his mother of his early greatness and his absent father, he heads out into the world. Like all true stories of human endeavor and adventure, “Gnit” is part horror story, part fairy tale, and part road movie. A timely reckoning with received notions of Rugged Individualism and the self-made person.

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Connect with Oliver:
Twitter: @oliverbutler
Instagram: @oliverbutler

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