Casting Announced for World Premiere Comedy RESOLVING HEDDA at Victory Theatre Center
Maria Gobetti, co-artistic director of the Victory Theatre Center, is pleased to announce casting has been completed for the next production scheduled in The Big Victory - the world premiere of Jon Klein's comedy RESOLVING HEDDA.
Directed/Produced by Gobetti and also produced by Tom Ormeny and Katie Witkowski, RESOLVING HEDDA is set to begin previews on September 22, opens September 29, and is scheduled to run through November 12.
"This is American playwright Jon Klein's fourth play at the Victory in 30 years - T Bone 'N Weasel, Suggestibility, Wishing Well, and now Resolving Hedda. We've always enjoyed working with Jon. He has a rare comedic sensibility - his own unique voice," says Gobetti. "I'd say the style of this piece is Pirandello meets the Marx Brothers!"
"I personally believe Ibsen's Hedda Gabler to be one of the most superbly executed and important plays ever written," says playwright Klein. "But Hedda herself seems to have a different point of view."
In this world premiere, Hedda will be played by Kimberly Alexander. "This is our third collaboration and she'll be wonderful as the character of Hedda, who no longer wants to die night after night," says Gobetti. Kimberly was last seen in The Engine of Our Ruin at the Victory, for which she was nominated for a Stage Raw Best Supporting Actress award.
Chad Coe as Eilert is making his Victory Theatre debut. He is just coming off the Ovation recommended West Coast Premiere of The Lyons at The Road Theatre. Chad was in the original cast of The Rose and the Rime at The Kennedy Center. His Los Angeles theatre credits include: Dracula directed by Ken Sawyer, and World Premieres of The Red Room directed James Mellon and The Light Bulb with Stephanie Powers.
Tom Ormeny is the nefarious Judge Brack, and while working in TV and film, hasn't performed a role onstage at the Victory in four years because he is one of the busy Artistic Co-Directors of the theatre. Most recently he appeared in the critically acclaimed Old Glory, My Old Friends and Broken Glass. Other theatre acting credits include: On the Money, Haunted Wilderness, Escape from Happiness, Meet the Wilsons, and Oleanna. He's happy to return to the stage in this role.
Hedda's husband, George, is played by Ben Atkinson, who is making his debut at The Victory after a stint in As You Like It with The Antaeus Theatre Company. He's also appeared in An Actor's Carol (Hi-Desert Playhouse); Vintage Box (Stage Against the Machine) among others.
Marisa Van Den Borre as Thea has played roles such as Phoebe in Shakespeare's As You Like It and Eleanor in Charles L. Mee's Big Love, which have deepened her experience with both classic and modern pieces and their characters. Additionally, one of her career highlights to date, was directing a one woman show that was part of the Hollywood Fringe.
Alyce Heath plays Aunt Julia. has been seen in commercials, movies (Hallmark and others) and on stage at The Victory, the Group Rep Theatre, Theatre, Company of Angels and, back in the day, Los Angeles Actors Theater. She is a member of the Victory Theatre's Bare Bones Company.
Sean Spencer rounds out the cast as the Stagehand. Since graduating from The New York Film Academy in Burbank where he would earn his bachelor's degree in the finer arts of acting, he has been involved in multiple productions both on and off the stage such as Watson in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure directed by Gene Putnam. He hopes to further sharpen his skills by auditioning for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
RESOLVING HEDDA begins previews Sept 23, 24, 25, with the opening weekend scheduled Sept 29, 30 and October 1, running Fridays and Saturdays @ 8 pm, and Sundays @ 4 pm through November 12. Tickets range from $24-$34. The Victory Theatre Center is located at 3326 W. Victory Blvd in Burbank, CA 91505. For information and to purchase tickets, call 818.841.5421 or go to www.thevictorytheatrecenter.org.