IU Theatre to open 2015-16 Season with Ibsen classic, HEDDA GABLER

September 1, 2015

Bloomington, IND – On September 25th, IU Theatre will kick off a new season with one of the most revered plays of the modern stage.

First produced in in 1891, Ibsen’s masterpiece shocked European society. But Hedda continues to challenge audiences today, as cultures everywhere continue to grapple with the ever-evolving role of women in society. In a world that refuses to acknowledge her inner complexities, Hedda is a woman that yearns to affect the people around her – no matter how dark the outcome.

“This is a play about the entire society, not just Hedda Gabler. All of the characters in this tight-knit world are competitive and goal oriented, at times to the point of being ruthless,” explains director, Dale McFadden. “But Hedda has nothing to strive for. The things which we deeply need are love and meaningful work. She has neither. And I think the play shows us that people need to find some fulfillment in those areas in order to have a life.”

McFadden – the head of directing at IU – recently directed a New Play Network rolling premiere of Diana Grisanti’s River City, at the Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis and this summer’s IFT production of The Gentleman from Indiana.

The play opens on Hedda and George returning from their honeymoon to what they expect will be a comfortable middle-class life, safely quarantined from youthful frivolity – and passion. But soon a brilliant academic, with a turbulent personality, arrives to threaten George’s self-confidence and, with it, the plans Hedda has for him. With her hopes threatened, misguided and manipulative passions begin to emerge.

Third-year MFA designer, Kristen Martino, will help bring 19th century Norway to life in the Ruth N. Halls Theatre. Martino designed last year’s In the Red and Brown Water. Second-year Aaron Wardwell (costumes) and Matthew Wofford (lighting) round out the MFA creative design team.

Hedda continues IU Theatre’s commitment to revitalizing classic plays for both MFA and undergraduate actors, as well as for the wider Bloomington community.

“When you’re dealing with a classic play like this, you invariably find places where your own experience matches the experiences of people living in a different century,” explains McFadden. “It’s important that our students have this kind of intimate contact with great works of the stage.”

WHAT: Hedda Gabler, presented by IU Theatre

WHEN: September 25 – October 3

WHERE: Ruth N. Halls Theatre, Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave.

TICKETS: Regular admission is $25 for adults, $15 for students, $20 for seniors. 812.855.1103 or theatre.indiana.edu. For group discounts contact Stacy Brown (staabrow@indiana.edu).

For more information or interview requests, please contact Amy Osajima at aosajima@indiana.edu or 812.855.0514