Hedda Gabler: May 6-13 at the BU Theatre

in CFA, Theatre
April 20th, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

The Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre presents

Hedda Gabler

May 6-13 at the BU Theatre

Boston, MA – The Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre will present a surrealistic interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, running May 6-13 at the Boston University Theatre. The production is directed by Ellie Heyman as her MFA Directing thesis project, and features students and designers from the School of Theatre. Details and tickets are available at www.BostonTheatreScene.com.

Ibsen’s great work explores a complex, driven woman born into the gilded cage of Victorian society, desperate for freedom, romance, and adventure. Hedda finds herself trapped in a pretty yet mundane world where there are no easy answers — a theme commonly found in Ibsen’s work. Longing to break free, Hedda jumps at the opportunity to destroy a former lover and rival of her husband, which ultimately leads to her own demise. Despite the traditional setting, the youthful actors use their own passion and experiences to shape their characters, making this classic work relevant to today’s audiences.

Ellie is a third year graduate student in Directing, and she’s been nurturing this production since her first year at BU. This is the first time a graduate thesis project has ever been performed on the main stage of the BU Theatre. Jim Petosa, Director of the School of Theatre, explains, “Ellie has a strong history of work on this play; beginning with a bold experiment in creating a ten minute abstracted version of the play’s essence in her first year directing laboratory, Ellie went on to direct a full workshop production in one of our studio theatres. The promise of that production, which explored the Ibsen text with the expressionistic verve of a Strindberg nightmare, convinced us that the idea warranted further exploration as a thesis production. The operatic sensibility of the approach made the BU Theatre stage the right instrument for that experiment. Ellie and her design team have created a unique and compelling production of this remarkable and enduring text.”

Ellie Heyman With the company she co-founded, Big Theater, Ellie has directed numerous original and site-specific plays, including Dead Letters: An Exploration of Uncle Vanya, The Yes! Yes! Valentines Day Show, and The Bar Show, a neo-burlesque that toured bars across Chicago. Other directing credits include: Steve Martin’s The Underpants (Boston University); In the Summer House (Boston University), Spring Storm (Boston University), Miss Julie (Boston University); Diventare (Boston University); Border of Paradise (Big Theater); Big Love (Big Theater); Chaplin Play No. 1 (University of Chicago Summer Arts Incubator); Contents May Be Extremely Hot (Phalanx Theater); Tennessee Williams’ The Two Character Play (EL2 Stage Works); togethercolouredinstant (Experimental Theatre Chicago); Flight (Manifest Theatre) and Common Intellect (Around the Coyote). Ellie’s interest in combining text-based work with physical theatre has been influenced by studying with the SITI Company, The Neofuturists, 500 Clown, Plasticene, and Moving Doc Theatre among others. She has taught acting at the National High School Institute (Cherubs), in Chicago Public Schools and will be teaching at Boston University’s Summer Theatre Institute this coming summer. Ellie is a graduate of Northwestern University and is in her final year of Boston University’s MFA Directing Program.

Event Details at a Glance:

Boston University College of Fine Arts
School of Theatre presents

HEDDA GABLER

Henrik Ibsen, playwright
Rolf Fjelde, translator
Ellie Heyman, director

Friday, May 6, 8:00pm
Saturday, May 7, 8:00pm
Sunday, May 8, 2:00pm  Includes post-show discussion with the cast
Tuesday, May 10, 7:30pm
Wednesday, May 11, 7:30pm
Thursday, May 12, 7:30pm  ASL Interpretation
Friday, May 13, 8:00pm

Boston University Theatre, Mainstage
264 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Getting There: T Green Line, E line, Symphony stop; T Orange Line, Mass Ave stop

Tickets: $12 general public, $10 BU alumni, WGBH members, Huntington subscribers, students, and senior citizens; BU community: one free ticket with BU ID at the door, day of performance, subject to availability.
Box Office: www.BostonTheatreScene.com or 617.933.8600

Artists and programs are subject to change; visit www.bu.edu/cfa for updated schedules and program information.

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To request press tickets, high resolution photos, or interviews with the artists, please contact either:
Jean Connaughton at 617-353-7293 or jeanconn@bu.edu
Ellen Carr at 617-353-8783 or emcarr@bu.edu