A Master Builder unites Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme with two of American theatre and cinema s most ingenious provocateurs, Andr Gregory and Wallace Shawn. It is based on Gregory s near-legendary theatrical production of Shawn s adaptation of Ibsen s Master Builder Solness. Halvard Solness (Wallace Shawn), a successful and egomaniacal architect who spent a lifetime bullying everyone around him, now faces his own mortality. When Hilde (Lisa Joyce), a mysterious young woman, comes to visit, the once dominating, controlling and narcissistic Solness finds himself revived in every possible way. Intense, intimate and painful, A Master Builder is a witty, mystical and psychologically complex interpretation of Ibsen s masterpiece.