Director sees ‘Ghosts’ in new light

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Randy Harrison (left) and David Adkins in rehearsal for “Ghosts’’ at Berkshire Theatre Festival. Photo: Amie Conner/Boston Globe

Nothing says summer theater like a dark Norwegian drama about terrible family secrets.

Anders Cato has directed a long list of productions at Berkshire Theatre Festival, including last year’s “Waiting for Godot,’’ and he has wanted to tackle Ibsen for years. With the right actors on hand this season, he is directing Ibsen’s once-shocking “Ghosts’’ – in his own new translation, no less – Tuesday through Aug. 29 in Stockbridge.

It’s a cheery little tale of a widow trying to cope with the legacy left by her womanizing husband, which has perilous consequences for their son. Mia Dillon stars as the unfortunate Mrs. Alving, David Adkins plays her spiritual adviser, Manders, and Randy Harrison – best known for playing Justin on Showtime’s “Queer as Folk’’ – is her even more unfortunate son Oswald.

The trick in making Ibsen speak to modern audiences, Cato says, is finding a fresh approach.

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