Theatre Tampa Bay Award
Theatre Tampa Bay Nominated
What It’s About
Hedda, still mourning the father she adored, returns from her honeymoon with a husband she doesn’t love, to a flat they can’t afford and a pregnancy she doesn’t want. Trapped by her past and terrified by her future, bored by her life but too cowardly to walk away from it, she finds herself caught between three men. Ultimately, something has to give.
Why It’s For YouYou’ve binge-watched every single BBC drama available and still can’t get enough. Maybe you’ve always been interested in Ibsen’s iconic anti-heroine (the play in all incarnations has always been a critique of marriage and traditional conceptions of femininity) but simply can’t get past the idea of having to watch a bunch of people in 1800s costumes acting stiff and mannerly sitting on big furniture. This is not only a new telling of a classic story, the central character is presented through the writing of a modern, young woman playwright. You want to see the work of whom the British press calls “Britain’s brightest young stage writer” before she becomes a household name. As our modern Othello offers in terms of race, this Hedda allows us to possibly think about how women’s roles have changed (or not) over the past 150 or so years.
Why We Chose It
It’s still hard (though getting less so, thankfully) to find shows that showcase strong women, independent women, modern women.. This one not only passes the Bechdel test but manages to add many interesting twists and clever updates to a story every theater student or connoisseur should know by heart. We’re also thrilled for the opportunity to offer the work of such an up-and-coming playwright to our regional audiences. In terms of the 20th anniversary season specifically this script made perfect sense – we’ve always loved to tell known stories in all-new ways.
Hedda is rife with moments of humor, of piercing drama, of painful exploration. Any levity brings a respite from the emotionally challenging aspects of this
- Director – Stuart Fail
- Eric Haak – Technical Director
- Stage Manager – Matthew Ray
- Emily Belvo – Hedda
- Christopher Marshall – George
- Joseph Michael-Kenneth – Eli
- Katie Miesner – Thea
- Katrina Stevenson – Julia
- Jon VanMiddlesworth – Toby
- Jo Averill-Snell – Lighting Design
- Jen Casler – Assistant Director/Understudy
- Scott Cooper – Scenic Designer
- Jeremy Douglass – Composer
- Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer
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