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UIS Theatre to present Ibsen’s classic Hedda Gabler

March 20, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama Hedda Gabler is the final production of the 2005-2006 season for the Theatre Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The play will be presented in six performances: April 13-15 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) and 21-23 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), in the Studio Theatre, located in the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. All performances will be at 8 p.m. except the Sunday performance (April 23), which will be at 2 p.m.

Cast members are: Roger Boyd (George Tesman), Aasne Vigesaa (Hedda Tesman), Myaa Fallon* (Miss Julia Tesman), Alicia Artner* (Mrs. Elvsted), Patrick O’Brien (Judge Brack), Ed Barnett* (Eilert Lovborg), and Becky Naus* (Berta, the Tessmans’ housekeeper). (* indicates current UIS student)

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Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, assistant professor and director of theater at UIS, is the director.

Ibsen was a feminist ahead of his time and Hedda Gabler is one of his finest plays. Set in 19th century Norway, it is the story of newlyweds George and Hedda Tesman, just returned from a long honeymoon.  Hedda is a strong, independent and restless woman who longs for a more interesting life than the one she has as the wife of a professor-to-be. George, a brand new Ph.D., is focused on obtaining his first position on the faculty at the nearby university. But George learns that this appointment may not be a “lock” after all, since a professional (and former romantic) rival has returned and is contributing some excellent work. The man’s latest book has the entire town buzzing, and he has completed the manuscript for a new book which should cause an even greater stir. Though she finds the “competition” between the two men exciting, Hedda contrives to obtain the only copy of the new manuscript and burn it, causing her former lover to kill himself in despair. Soon finding herself threatened with blackmail and scandal, Hedda also commits suicide after declaring her admiration for the dead man, who “had the courage to live the life he wanted. As he wanted.  And was brave enough to end it gloriously.”

Tickets – $10 general admission, $6 UIS faculty/staff with current i-card, or $4 for UIS students with current i-card – are available now at the UIS Ticket Office, located on level two of the Public Affairs Center. Purchase tickets in person, by phone at 217/206-6160 or 800/207-6960 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.uis.edu/theatre. Tickets will also be available at the ticket office on the day of the performance, beginning 90 minutes before curtain time.

For more information about this play or about UIS Theatre, contact Thibodeaux-Thompson by phone at 206-6613 or by e-mail at ethib1@uis.edu, or go to www.uis.edu/theatre.


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