“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom,” wrote Aristotle. “To thine own self be true,” says Polonius in Hamlet. “Just be yourself,” advise parents everywhere.
The ancient yet timeless concept of knowing one’s self was the driving force behind Amherst’s contemporary adaptation of Henrick Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, presented Nov. 9–11 in Kirby Theater.
Directed by Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance Yagil Eliraz and performed by Amherst and Five College students, Peer Gynt spanned the lifetime of the eponymous Peer, who set out on a quest to find out who he is. “It’s an insatiable driving force,” Eliraz said, “and he only gets hungrier.”