UTC Theatre Company in conjunction with the First Tennessee Foundation presents Jon Robin Baitz’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, the classic play full of big ideas, unexpected twists and a title character that has become iconic.
UTC faculty and students will bring this classic and rich play to life for six performances. The performance will be in UTC’s Dorothy Hackett Ward Theatre, in UTC’s Fine Arts Center. The show will run February 17-21 at 7:30 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on February 21.
Tickets are $12 General Admission and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the Fine Arts Center box office, by phone at (423) 425-4269, or online at tickettracks.com.
The title character is considered one of the great dramatic roles in theatre. Hedda Gabler, one of theatre’s most elusive and complex protagonists, is an intelligent and ambitious newlywed, who attempts to follow the expected path of marriage and homemaking. As the reality of her life becomes apparent, Hedda seeks a life beyond what society expects from her.
“The heart of the play is found in Hedda’s line, ‘You find it so hard to accept that a young girl might . . . want – just a little peek in at a world which – which she is not permitted to know anything about at all. Nothing!’” says Gaye Jeffers, the play’s Director and Associate Professor of Theatre. “Through these words Ibsen gives us a glimpse into the mind of a young woman who is tired of being a passenger. Hedda longs to be in charge of her own journey, wishes to be courageous and choose her own destination.”
The play premiered in 1891 and has been adapted, translated, and performed numerous times since. Many prominent actresses have played the role of Hedda, from Ingrid Bergman to Cate Blanchett.
UTC Theatre Company’s Hedda Gabler production features:
- Cast: Austin Blackburn, Mario Hoyle, Sarah Powers, Courtney Tucker, Crissy Varnell, Madeleine Young, and Jake Zachry.
- Stage Manager: Emily Greene
- Assistant Stage Manager: Ellie Smoak
- Scene Designer: Adam Miecielica
- Assistant Scenic Designer: Garrett Henson
- Costume Designer: Stephanie Henderson
- Lighting Designer/ Technical Director: John R. Burgess
- Sound Designer: Gregory F. Jackson
- Photographer: Jaimie Davis