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OCTOBER 27, 2014

Re-imagined 'Hedda Gabler' at Miami Theater Center


Ibsen Gets A Redux

It’s a Hedda Gabler for the 21st century. Miami Theater Center is presenting a newly imagined version of Henrik Ibsen’s world theater classic in, what the producers of the show are calling a “thrillingly intimate version.” They’ve transformed the theater to be a 75-seat onstage, up close experience of one of the most fascinating characters in theater history.

Adapted by MTC Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin and Resident Artist Fernando Calzadilla, directed by Ansin and designed by Calzadilla, the show also has an original score by by MTC Resident Composer Luciano Stazzone.. The show opens this weekend and will be performed through Nov. 16.

Written by the legendary Norwegian playwright, “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. Others in the cast are Gregg Weiner, Paul Tei, Diane Garle, John Dennison, Kate Young and Kitt Marsh. Understudies are Caroline Shannon, Theo Reyna and Linda Bernhard.