In 1890, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen completed this play about a bright and ambitious young woman who is trapped, by social convention, in a disappointing marriage. Having been the center of a glittering social world in her father's home, Gabler chafes at her more humble role as the wife of a scholar. Some audiences have viewed Gabler as driven to desperation simply because her world has turned out to be less charmed than she hoped. For others, she is a victim of her times, unwilling to devote herself, as was expected of her, to the duties of home. John Robin Baitz's new adaptation at Everyman provides theater-goers with a profound version appropriate for our times.
Everyman Theatre founder and Artistic Director Vincent M. Lancisi (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Delicate Balance, Light Up the Sky) makes a return to the director's chair with this play, which features Everyman Theatre company member Deborah Hazlett as Hedda Tesman, Bruce R. Nelson as George Tesman, and Jefferson A. Russell as Hedda's self destructive former lover, Eilert Lovborg. Also appearing is Marianne Angelella as Berta, Maia DeSanti as Mrs. Elvsted, John Lescault as Judge Brack, and Everyman resident actor Vivienne Shub as Miss Julia Tesman. Gail Stewart Beach joins the company as costume designer. Resident set designer Dan Conway, resident lighting designer Jay Herzog and resident sound designer, Chas Marsh also return to Everyman for this show.
Performance dates remaining until the end of the show's run are: September 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th; and October 1st through 5th. Show times are Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 pm; Fridays, 8:00 pm; Saturdays, 2:30 pm and 8:00 pm; and Sundays, 2:30 pm.
Tickets are $15-$30 depending on date and time of performance, and are available by calling the box office at 410-752-2208. Everyman Theatre, at 1727 N. Charles Street, is wheelchair accessible and offers priority seating for physically challenged patrons. For more information, visit everymantheatre.org.