“It was the best of times, but mostly it was the worst of times.” – Brynjolf Bjarme
Henrik Ibsen (20 March 1828 – 23 May 1906) was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as “the godfather” of modern drama and is one of the founders of Modernism in the theatre. His plays were considered scandalous to many of his era, when Victorian values of family life and propriety largely held sway in Europe. Ibsen’s work examined the realities that lay behind many facades, possessing a revelatory nature that was disquieting to many contemporaries. It utilized a critical eye and free inquiry into the conditions of life and issues of morality. Ibsen is often ranked as one of the truly great playwrights in the European tradition, alongside Shakespeare.
Hedda Gabler, by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, was first published in 1890. The play premiered in Germany, 1891 to negative reviews, but has subsequently gained recognition as a classic of realism, nineteenth century theatre and world drama. The play does not offer any easy answers. Hedda Gabler remains a powerful portrayal of one woman’s alienation from and suffocation by the bourgeois society that she has become a part of. Many critics consider the character of Hedda to be one of the great dramatic roles in theatre — the “female Hamlet” — and some portrayals have been very controversial. Quite late in the process of writing the play, Ibsen changed the title from Hedda to Hedda Gabler. In a letter dated December 4th 1890 to Moritz Prozor, who translated the play into French, Ibsen explained why he had chosen “Gabler” instead of “Tesman”:
“In that way I wanted to indicate that as a personality she is to be regarded more as her father`s daughter than her husband`s wife”.
Further down in the letter Ibsen writes:
“In this play I have not really tried to deal with so-called problems. My main purpose has been to describe human beings, human moods and human fates on the basis of certain conditions and views prevalent in society”.
Hedda has been portrayed as an idealistic heroine fighting society, a victim of circumstance, a prototypical feminist and a manipulative villain.
In Graham McDonald’s re-imagining of the play, HEDDA GABLER 2012CE, we are thrust into one 24-hour period in September of 2012 to view a world that is over saturated with fear propagated by Government, Corporations, The Media, and your Next Door Neighbour. Escalating global environmental cataclysms of various forms (earthquakes, volcanoes, industrial waste, dust storms, armed conflict) are grinding life as we have come to know it to a halt. With the Mayan calendar date of December 21st, 2012 just around the corner, we are forced to question of whether or not we are in fact approaching the end of civilization.
HEDDA GABLER 2012 CE
“An experimental pre-apocalyptic Henrik Ibsen classic.”
Casey Austin – Hedda Gabler
Morgan Cranny – George Tesman
Naomi Simpson – Auntie Jules Tesman
Eric Grace – Senator Brack
Pippa Catling – Berta, The Housekeeper
Jay Mitchell – Eilert Lovborg
Emma Condé – Mrs.Elvsted
Pay what you can Preview Tuesday, June 8th – Opens, Wednesday June 9th
Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm until June 26th, with Matinees on the 12th and 26th.
Half price tickets June 16th!
Closing Matinee on the 26th with an end of Run SUMMER BLOWOUT at 8pm Featuring THE SOUL SHAKERS!
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WARNING: NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN