Nikos Salingaros, the University of Texas mathematician and architectural philosopher whose most trenchant book is Anti-Architecture and Deconstruction, has sent me news of a new play by Amy Freed called “The Monster-Builder,” a play (on words) of Ibsen’s “The Master-Builder.” Nikos sends an interview with the playwright in Portland Monthly. Her play is being produced at the Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, Ore.
This interview is a must read. Freed really gets it. Everything she says about architects and architecture is spot on. How, as an artist, she summons the courage I have no idea. She even understands that postmodernism gave birth to the horror of modern architecture’s latest phase, now several decades long in the tooth, more so than to neo-classicism, which arguably springs also from postmodernism.
“The Monster-Builder” must be brought to Trinity Rep, in Providence. I am sure it is up to the challenge. If not, other local venues should leap in to produce a play that will rock Rhode Island to its foundation.