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Casting Announced for Whitty's Hedda Gabler Play, Opening in LA Jan. 13

Casting has been announced for The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, Tony Award-winner Jeff Whitty's (Avenue Q) take on the Ibsen classic.  The play will be presented at the South Coast Repertory's Julianne Argyros Stage in Costa Mesa, CA from January 8th through 29th, with opening night set for January 13th.

The show proposes that the ill-fated heroine of the Ibsen drama "lives on in 'The Neighborhood of Tragic Women,' an alternative hell where fictional characters are forced to endure until at last they are forgotten. Will she ever really die?"   Susannah Schulman has been cast as Hedda, while fellow SCR veterans Christopher Liam Moore and Kimberly Scott play Tesman and Mammy, respectively.  Schulman, Scott, Patrick Kerr and Bahni Turpin appeared in the play when it was produced at the 2005 Pacific Playwrights Festival; director Bill Rauch is also on hand for the new production.  The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler also features Dan Butler, Preston Maybank and Kate A. Mulligan.

In addition to his 2004 Tony for the charmingly R-rated puppet musical, Whitty has penned a number of other plays, including Suicide Weather, Balls, The Plank Project and The Hiding Place, which was also performed at the 2003 Pacific Playwrights Festival. He has written a screenplay for an upcoming Jennifer Aniston film called Zora, as well as the script for a musical project starring Outkast's Andre 3000; it is untitled as of now.

The South Coast Rep's 2005-2006 will also include Terry Johnson's Hitchcock Blonde (in its American premiere, from Feb. 3-March 12, 2006), Tracy Letts' Man from Nebraska (March 12-April 2, 2006), a to-be-announced world premiere (March 31 May 7, 2006), Kirsten Greenidge's Bossa Nova (April 23-May 14, 2006) and Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing (May 19-June 25, 2006).

The South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, CA. Tickets to The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler and to other shows in the company's new season are available by calling (714) 708-5555. For more information, visit www.scr.org.

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