UMW Theatre Ended Season with ‘Hedda Gabler’

The University of Mary Washington Department of Theatre and Dance concluded its 2011-12 season with a production of Henrik Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler,” adapted by Jon Robin Baitz. Performances ran from Thursday, April 12 through Sunday, April 22 in Klein Theatre.

“Hedda Gabler,” set in Norway in the late 1800s, tells the story of George Tesman, a scholar and aspiring professor, and his new wife Hedda.  Hedda’s life with George has left her bored and dissatisfied, so when Eilert Lovborg, George’s academic rival and Hedda’s old flame, re-emerges as a successful writer, Hedda decides to stir up trouble. Little does Hedda know that her desire for an exciting life will lead to an end that no one could have foreseen.

Since the first performance in Munich, Germany, in 1890, “Hedda Gabler” has had numerous productions in the U.S. and abroad. The most recent Broadway production, revived by the Roundabout Theatre Company at the American Airlines Theatre in 2009, starred Tony Award winner Mary-Louise Parker in the title role. Ibsen’s works include “Peer Gynt,” “A Doll’s House” and “Brand.” The International Ibsen Award was established in his honor in 2007.

“Hedda Gabler” is directed by Helen M. Housley, associate professor of theatre. Scenic design is by Julie Hodge, associate professor of theatre; costume design is by Kevin McCluskey, associate professor of theatre; and lighting design is by David Hunt, professor of theatre. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Klein Theatre Box Office at (540) 654-1111.

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