Friday Aug 23, 2013
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The regional premiere of the story of the original lethal desperate housewife with a fetish for guns.
Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" has been described as the role closest to Hamlet in the female repertoire. Since Hedda was unleashed on the world in 1891, the role has attracted a formidable range of top-flight actresses keen to test themselves against its exceptional demands – from Peggy Ashcroft, Maggie Smith, Joan Greenwood and Janet Suzman to Fiona Shaw, Eve Best, Cate Blanchett, Harriet Walter and most recently Sheridan Smith. We are very excited to bring this extraordinarily complex character to it's Regional Premiere! Hedda Gabler returns, dissatisfied from a long honeymoon. Bored by her dependable academic husband, she foresees a life of tedious convention. Until chance reunion serves up a lethal cocktail of unrequited love, smoldering passions and jealousy- leading to catastrophic results. Hedda Gabler is usually performed as a period drama, since this new version takes a more humourous approach to the play, Director Jessica Osbourne felt it was important to find a way to modernize the overall perception of the piece. Due to the social constraints that existed in Nineteenth Century society, it was vital that a common ground could be found that both complemented this periods persona yet could be rationalized in the mind of the modern American. So we're very excited to announce that our setting will be early 1960's America. Before the real feminist social revolution began, women still felt obligated to marry and settle down. As the daughter of a wealthy General, Hedda had never been forced to enter the workforce and had no knowledge or experience of what options there may be for her upon her father's untimely demise. After her fathers death, she is left with little choice but to marry someone who meets her standard of social status and conservative lifestyle. Therein lies the rub. Brian Friel's new version of this classic, comes fresh from the London’s West-End with phenomenal reviews! This critically acclaimed classic will inspire both seasoned and new theatre-goers alike, to leave their couches and venture into the theatre for an unforgettable experience. The exciting cast for this Aux Dog production includes, Sheridan Johnson as Hedda Gabler (Venus in Fur- Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill), Brennan Foster as George Tesman (Venus in Fur- Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill), Ron Weisberg as Eilert Loevborg (Paloma- National Hispanic Cultural Center), Adam Harvey as Judge Brack (example), Evening Star Barron as Thea Elvsted (Five Women Five Dresses- Duke City Repetory), Alaina Zachery as Julianna Tesman (Midsummer Night’s Dream – Santa Fe Shakespeare Society) and Moira McAvoy (Bertha) Director, Jessica Osbourne trained at Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts in London, UK. As an Actor/ Comedienne herself, she is excited to explore humorous approach this new version takes and delve in to the depths and desires of these fascinating characters with her cast. Jessica directed her first play "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" at the Vortex Theatre in 2003. Recently, she directed "Two Way Mirror- two Arthur Miller one acts" at the Southwest Rural Theatre Project. This will mark the first production she helms at the Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill. Victoria Liberatori is Producing Artistic Director. Help fund this production at www.indiegogo.com (search Hedda Gabler)