GREENSBURG, PA- The Seton Hill University Theatre department announced that Brian Johnston, translator and expert on playwright Henrik Ibsen, will be on the campus Sunday, November 17th to give a 30-minute presentation following the 2:00 p.m. performance of Ibsen’s A Doll House in Reeves Theatre. A reception will follow Johnston’s presentation. The presentation after the play is free and open to the public.

Brian Johnston has served as a professor of drama in the College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University since 1986. Prior to that, he taught at a number of institutions including: American University of Beruit in Lebanon; Yarmouk University in Irbid, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; University of Washington in Seattle; University of California at Santa Barbara; University of California at Berkeley; Northwestern University; Norges Laererhgskolen in Trondheim, Norway; and the University of Cambridge.

Johnston has published 13 articles on drama in refereed journals and four articles in anthologies including: Tragedy’s Insights; Identity, Polity, Theology; Ibsen, Strindberg, Pirandello, Beckett; Modernismen I Skandinavisk Litteratur Nordisk; Drama in the Twentieth Century, Vol.2.

He has written a number of critical books on playwright Henrik Ibsen including: The Ibsen Cycle, Text and Supertext in Ibsen’s Drama and To the Third Empire. Johnston also translated a number of Ibsen’s plays which appear in Ibsen Volume I: Four Major Plays; Ibsen Volume II: Four Plays; and Ibsen Volume III: Four Plays.

Johnston, an honorary member of The Ibsen Society of America, has served as a panelist/ lecturer at a number of conferences and seminars including: The Theatre of Eric Bentley Conference at New World School of the Arts in Miami, Florida; the Samuel Beckett Conference at Carnegie Mellon University; the Theatre of Eric Bentley Seminar at the University of Maryland; Seminar on Henrik Ibsen at Carnegie Mellon University and International Ibsen Conferences held in Bergen, Norway; Beijing, P.R. China; Gossenass, Italy; Grimstad, Norway; and Yale University.

The event is sponsored by the Seton Hill University Theatre Department, the Division of the Humanities and Student Activities. For more information, please contact Dr. Gene Saraceni, professor of theatre at Seton Hill, at 724-830-0300 or

The Seton Hill University production of A Doll House opens Tuesday, November 12th at 10:30 a.m. in Reeves Theatre. A Doll House will be repeated November 13 and 15 at 10:30 a.m.; November 14, 15 and 16 at 8:00 p.m.; and November 17 at 2:00 p.m. All performances are staged in Reeves Theatre on the University campus. Tickets are $12; group rates are $10 for 16 or more. Reservations are recommended. For group or individual reservations, contact the SHU Box Office at (724) 838-4241, Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.