Deep Dish Theater Company Presents Henrik Ibsen's HEDDA GABLER
November 1st, 2003
HAPEL HILL Henrik Ibsens Hedda Gabler will be presented by the Deep Dish Theater Company from Saturday, Nov. 1, through Saturday, Nov. 22. Adapted by the acclaimed contemporary playwright Jon Robin Baitz, this penetrating character study of a brilliant and frustrated woman is one of Ibsens most influential and controversial works.

Deep Dish is located in Chapel Hills University Mall, located on Estes Drive and US 15-501. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. There will also be a special early show at 7:30 on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Tickets for all performances are $14, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students. Sunday, Nov. 2, admission is pay-what-you-can. For reservations and information, call 968-1515.

A discussion will follow the matinee performance on Sunday, Nov. 9. The Deep Dish Book Club will meet to discuss Ibsen's "The Master Builder" prior to the performance on Thursday, Nov. 20.

Since its premiere in 1890, Hedda Gabler has fascinated audiences with its portrayal of a complicated woman dangerously out of step with her surroundings. Newly married to an undistinguished academic, Hedda struggles to break free from the claustrophobic routines of her new life, to have some power over someones destiny. But when a former lover comes to town, her struggles become increasingly desperate and manipulative, soon threatening to destroy the lives of those closest to her.

The Deep Dish Theater production will feature Dorothy Brown as Hedda Gabler. Alexander Wilson plays her husband, George Tesman; Mark Miller is family friend Judge Brack; Geoffrey Zeger is Eilert Lovborg, a philosopher and recovering alcoholic; and Katja Hill is Thea Elvsted, the woman Eilert credits with his redemption. Nan Stephenson and Kim Beaver complete the cast. Designers include Derrick Ivey (sets), Judy Chang (costumes), Steve Dubay (lights), Al Singer (sound), and Devra Thomas (properties). Artistic Director Paul Frellick directs.

Though Hedda Gabler is one of those plays that many people have some memory of seeing or reading, I think both audience members who are familiar with the play and those who are new to it will be surprised to discover just how rich and engaging Ibsen can be, says Frellick. His plays crackle with energy, and his characters are richly human. Hes also a lot funnier than people think. This contemporary adaptation by playwright Jon Robin Baitz neatly captures the intrigue and innuendo that fuel the play.

Were excited to take on one of the great masterworks of Western drama, a work whose influence can be seen in virtually every play the Deep Dish Theater Company has done.

For more information on the Deep Dish Theater Company, call 933-5281 or visit the Deep Dish website at

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