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Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
Posted: 11/21/11 at 03:34pm
Publicity Manager: Nancy Lautenbach, Tel. 413.585.3222, nlautenb@smith.edu
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What: Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen When: December 2-3, December 8-10 at 8:00pm
Where: Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts Smith College, Northampton, MA. Tickets: $8 Adults, $5 Students and, $3 Smith Students

Smith College Department of Theatre presents an intimate look into
the world of ‘Hedda Gabler’ through Director Daniel Elihu Kramer’s version
of a classic masterpiece of modern theatre.

Northampton, MA. On December 2, 2011 at 8:00 pm, Smith College Department of Theatre opens Hedda Gabler, a play first published in 1890 by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and adapted by Jon Robin Baitz; directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer. The play premiered in 1891 in Germany to negative reviews, but has subsequently gained recognition as a classic of realism, nineteenth century theatre, and world drama. Hedda, returned from her honeymoon, finds that her new life may not offer all she had hoped. Løvborg, a recovering alcoholic with whom she used to share intimate secrets, has returned, and threatens her husband’s academic career. Her best friend, Judge Brack seems to want more from her that she is prepared to offer. As her world threatens to fall apart, Hedda tries to take control of her own future no matter what it takes.

As the New York Time notes, “A more repellent personality would be hard to imagine, and yet Hedda Gabler is one of the eternal fascinators of the world stage. Since she sprang from the imagination of the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen in 1890, this coldhearted anti-heroine has maintained a tight grip on the attention of audiences across the globe” This production questions whether she is actually so cold-hearted. The character of Hedda is considered by some as one of the great dramatic roles in theatre, a “female Hamlet.” She has been seen as an idealistic heroine fighting society, a victim of circumstance, a prototypical feminist, or a manipulative villain. Daniel Elihu Kramer comments on his presentation of the play saying, “It's exciting to come at this play fresh. It can get a little buried under the mothballs of being a 'classic.' Critics used to like to debate whether Hedda is a victim, a villain, or a heroine. It's so much more interesting to see that she's human. We're staging the play with an intimacy that I hope brings audiences into Hedda's world." This production takes Hedda out of the classroom, the library, and the history books, and restores her to her rightful place as a living, breathing person.

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