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NOVEMBER 04, 2014

Miami Theater Center Announces Extended Run of its Fresh Adaptation of HEDDA GABLER

FOUR MORE SHOWS ADDED! Thursday-Sunday November 20-23, 2014


Mari Beth Bittan

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 November 20-23, 2014


 “atmospheric and sexually provocative…”

Miami New Times


“intriguing and imaginative…”



Miami Shores, FL November 4, 2014 – Miami Theater Center announces that it is extending the run of its newly-imagined adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s world theater classic “HEDDA GABLER. The show has been extended with the addition of four more shows: Thursday through Sunday, November 20-23, 2014. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM, at Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Avenue in Miami Shores.  Tickets, priced at $35, may be purchased online at www.mtcmiami.orgor by calling (305) 751-9550.


MTC’s new version of “HEDDA GABLER” has been adapted for 21st century audiences by MTC Artistic Director STEPHANIE ANSIN and Resident Artist FERNANDO CALZADILLA, directed by ANSIN and designed by CALZADILLA, with the original score by MTC Resident Composer LUCIANO STAZZONE.



Written by legendary Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, “HEDDA GABLER” is the timeless masterpiece of the archetypal caged woman in the late 19th century, which explores the title character’s tormented desire for escape and her yearning for individual and spiritual freedom. Newly married Hedda is struggling with the prospect of a lifetime with her reliable but unexciting husband. Under the constraints of polite society her behavior becomes increasingly manipulative and erratic, with disastrous consequences that affect the lives of everyone around her. The play is set in Hedda and George Tesman’s new house, and follows 36 hours of their lives there.


Playing Ibsen’s destructively dissatisfied, neurotic heroine will be JESSICA FARR, joined by GREGG WEINER (George Tesman), PAUL TEI (Eilert Lovborg), DIANA GARLE (Thea Elvsted), JOHN DENNISON (Judge Brack), KATE YOUNG (Juliana Tesman), and KITT MARSH (Berta). The understudies will be CAROLINE SHANNON (Understudy to Hedda Gabler and Thea Elvsted), THEO REYNA (Male Understudy), and LINDA BERNHARD (Understudy to Miss Tesman and Berta).



“HEDDA GABLER” is the sixth MTC production by the stellar, local creative team comprised of writer-director STEPHANIE ANSIN, writer-designer FERNANDO CALZADILLA, composer-sound designer LUCIANO STAZZONE. They have become renowned for creating original productions that have earned MTC its status as a leader in producing sophisticated, visually stunning, innovative theatre with an international focus that is relevant to South Florida’s multicultural community. The creative team astonished critics and audiences alike with their adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters (2012). They have also worked together to adapt Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (2008) and to create the world premieres Everybody Drinks the Same Water (2014), The Red Thread (2011) and Inanna and the Huluppu Tree (2009). MTC’s significant contributions to South Florida’s cultural legacy are evidenced by having received two highly competitive awards from the Miami New Times, including a “Best of Miami” Award in 2013, and “Best New Theater” and “Best Production for a New Company” for its adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters.


A native of Miami, STEPHANIE ANSIN (co-adapted and director) spent 14 years studying, acting, and directing in New York and Boston before returning to South Florida where she founded Miami Theater Center (formerly The PlayGround Theatre) in 2005. She has served as Assistant Director for three off-Broadway productions: The It Girl (The York Theatre); Hard Feelings (Women’s Theatre Project); and Creation of the World and Other Business (Stari Repertory Theatre). New York City directing credits include: The Seven Year ItchAbingdon Square, and Twelfth Night (Columbia University); Taylor Mac’s Okay (Spring Theatreworks); and scripts by emerging writers at Fordham University. Ansin holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Brown University and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University.Ansin’s professional career in South Florida began with directing Matterhorn for City Theatre’s Summer Shorts 1999 (Carbonell Award for Best Ensemble). Her credits at Miami Theater Center (2005-present) include: co-writer/director of Inanna and the Huluppu Tree and The Red Thread, and Everybody Drinks the Same Wateradapter/director of The Love of Three Oranges; co-adapter/director of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Three Sisters (2013 Silver Palm Award for Outstanding Creative Staging and Production); and director of A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, by Gabriel García Márquez, adapted by Nilo Cruz. In recognition of her impact on the arts in South Florida, Ansin was selected for The Miami Herald’s “20 Under 40” feature story in 2010, and she was chosen as one of nine finalists for the Miami New Times 2014 MasterMind Awards.In April 2014, Stephanie Ansin was featured as a Miami cultural leader by the Miami Design District Ambassador program.


MTC Resident Artist FERNANDO CALZADILLA (co-adapter/costume, set, and lighting designer) has designed more than 100 opera, ballet, theater, and musical theater productions and has won 14 regional and national design awards in Venezuela, including Best Costume Design and Best Set Design. His MTC credits include co-writer/set, costume, and lighting designer of Everybody Drinks the Same Water, The Red Thread and Inanna and the Huluppu Tree; co-adapter/set, costume, and lighting designer of Three Sisters and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and lighting designer of A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings and The Love of Three Oranges. He has taught classes and workshops at New York University, Florida International University, Miami-Dade College, and Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH). Calzadilla earned a BFA in Scenic Design and a MA/PhD in Performance Studies at New York University.


MTC Resident Composer LUCIANO STAZZONE (composer-sound designer) has performed or recorded with some of music’s most illustrious stars, including Gloria Estefan, Shakira, Ludacris, and Christina Aguilera. A multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, Luciano has produced music in a wide range of textures and styles, including dance, dub, reggae, pop, classical, and world beat. He is conductor of the Afro-Brazilian drumming-based band Mano Santa (MTC Awards 2005) and Creative Director and CEO of Urban Tribal Project Entertainment. His MTC credits as composer-sound designer include Everybody Drinks the Same Water, Three Sisters, Inanna and the Huluppu Tree, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, and The Love of Three Oranges.



LINDA BERNHARD (Understudy to Miss Tesman & Berta).Also at MTC: Anfisa in Three Sisters; Macaw/Cheshire Cat, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (original cast); Mother Ghost, Pluft the Little Ghost (original cast); Princess Clarice, The Love of Three Oranges. A multiple Carbonell nominee, she was also named Best Actress in a Comedy by Miami New Times for her performance in Hay Fever. She has performed in Florida theatres from Palm Beach to Key West, including The Women’s Theatre Project, Waterfront Playhouse, New Theatre, Actors Playhouse, GablesStage, and The Caldwell Theatre.

JOHN DENNISON (Judge Brack) began his acting career doing community and regional theatre in the New York area where he stumbled upon the role of Kenickie in Grease then Mortimer in Arsenic & Old Lace, Ronnie in House of Blue Leaves and Merrick in The Elephant Man. After moving to Florida in the 90’s he began working at The Public Theatre of Ft.Lauderdale, the Boca Raton Dinner Theatre, the Gold Coast Opera and the Hollywood Playhouse, to name a few. He was most recently seen as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life at Andrews Living Arts, Captain Keller in The Miracle Worker at the Rebecca Sousa Theatre and Mr. Roberts in Mr. Roberts at Pembroke Pines Theatre of Performing Arts.


DIANA GARLE (Thea). Also at MTC: Fatima in Everybody Drinks the Same Water; Ling Shih in The Red Thread; Inanna in Inanna and the Huluppu Tree; Clarice/Princess #2 in The Love of Three Oranges; Irinain Three Sisters; Mariner Puppet/ Féfé in A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings; Female Understudy in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and The Red Thread; and Ensemble in Love Stories (MTC’s SandBox). Other stage credits include: Bastardos (Miami Acting Studio) and The Plough and the Stars (Abbey Theater, Dublin). Recent film, TV, and commercial credits include: For Family’s Sake (short film); Future 86 (feature film); Taco Bell (commercial); House of Pigs (short film); Something Normal (TV series); Generation Blackberry (commercial); Te Voy a Contar (TV series); and several television series for Latin American audiences. She is a member of MTC’s Teaching Artist Ensemble.


JESSICA FARR (Hedda Gabler). Also at MTC: Elvira and Understudy for Queen Berenguela of Castile in Everybody Drinks the Same Water. She is a graduate of New World School of the Arts and Fordham University, and she has studied at the Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT). Jessica is a company member and resident playwright of Mad Cat Theatre Company.


KITT MARSH (Berta) recently appeared in Fifty Plus: A Celebration of Life in Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton, as well as Girl Play for the Women’s Theatre Project. Last season, she appeared in the sold-out production Paradise Motel as part of MTC’s SandBox Series, as well as Visiting Hours at New Theatre. Favorite roles include: Necessary Targets and Bold Girls at the Women’s Theatre Project and Mitzi’s Abortion with Infinite Abyss Productions.  Her first stage appearance more than forty years ago was playing opposite Jason Alexander in an off-Broadway theater. Next up is Women Playing Hamlet at New Theatre.


THEO REYNA (Male Understudy). Also at MTC: Andrei in Three Sisters. Theo Reyna trained at New World School of the Arts and received a BFA in Theatre from Southern Methodist University. Recent acting credits include Couch Play (UK production), which he wrote, and Party in the Pit (Man Research Theatre) which he co-wrote, Horatio in The Hamlet Dog and Pony Show (Mad Cat Theatre), and Don Pedro in The Rover (Thinking Cap Theatre) and Norman in Centralia (Mad Cat Theatre Company).


CAROLINE SHANNON (Understudy to Hedda & Thea).Highlights of Caroline’s regional theater credits include: Our Class at the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theater, The Neighborhood at L’accademia dell‘Arte in Tuscany, Italy), Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Cincinnati Outdoor Classic Theater, Neil Simon’s Comic Suites atMountain Playhouse Theater, and In the Next Room… at the Carnegie Theater.  She recently graduated with a BFA from University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).


PAUL TEI (Eilert Lovborg).Paul is the Founder & Artistic Director of Mad Cat Theatre Company.  In addition to Mad Cat, Paul has directed over 70 productions from Miami to San Francisco, LA to New York, and Las Vegas to Edinburgh. He has appeared on CSI Miami, CSI, Franklin & Bash, The Protector, American Horror Story and he has had recurring roles on USA’s Burn Notice & Disney’s Zeke & Luther.  Paul received his MFA in directing from The Theatre School at De Paul University and his BA in Theatre from Barry University.


GREGG WEINER (Tesman).Gregg has been a professional actor for the last 20 years, working extensively in TV, film and commercials in NY and LA and in theater in Miami for the last 10 years.   Gregg is a multiple Carbonell Award recipient, and he has also received the Silver Palm Honor and a few “Best of” New Times honors.   He has appeared in numerous Mad Cat Theatre Company shows as well as Actors Playhouse and Gablestage productions. Gregg will appear in Palm Beach Dramaworks production of Buried Child next year and is looking forward to reprising his role in Red playing Mark Rothko next year at American Stage in St. Petersburg.


KATE YOUNG (Juliana Tesman).A native San Franciscan now living in Chicago, Kate makes her first appearance with MTC after a production of Other Desert Cities as Polly with the Human Race Theatre in Ohio. Her regional and international credits include: Chicago Shakespeare, Milwaukee Shakespeare, ShawChicago, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, and the Great Lakes Theatre Festival. Additional Florida credits include: The Importance of Being Earnest at Gulfshore Playhouse, Lend Me a Tenor at Florida Repertory Theatre,and the title role in Bernarda Alba at freeFall Theatre in St. Petersburg.




“HEDDA GABLER” by Henrik Ibsen

Adapted by Stephanie Ansin & Fernando Calzadilla

Voice and Movement Director Luckner “Lucky” Bruno, Jr.

Original Music and Sound Design by Luciano Stazzone

Set, Costume & Lighting Design by Fernando Calzadilla

Directed by Stephanie Ansin


Previews: October 23 and 24 at 8:00 PM

Opening Night: October 25 at 8:00 PM

(The show, originally scheduled to end its run on November 16, NOW runs through November 23: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sunday at 2:00 PM.) 

Miami Theater Center, 9806 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, FL

Tickets: $35*

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For ticket reservations, visit www.mtcmiami.org or call the box office at (305) 751-9550.

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates, and times are subject to change without notice. Visit www.mtcmiami.org for up-to-date information for details and schedules.

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About Miami Theater Center: 

Led by our Founder and Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin, the team at Miami Theater Center produces thought-provoking contemporary works and newly-imagined adaptations of classics that bring the transformational power of theater to audiences of all ages and abilities. Our programs include: MTCperformance  innovative new works and fresh adaptations; and MTCeducation – learning opportunities for students, professionals, and the general public; and MTCfilm – a partnership with O Cinema that screens the best in independent cinema several nights a week.  To learn more, visit www.mtcmiami.org.