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HIGHLIGHTS OF A STAR-FILLED 08-09 BROADWAY SEASON

2008-2009 Broadway Season Officially Ends

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF AN HISTORIC STAR-FILLED YEAR,

PACKED WITH PLAYS,  INCLUDES: 

 

The Seagull • A Man For All Seasons •  To Be Or Not To Be • All My Sons • White Christmas 

 Shrek •  Pal Joey •  Soul of Shaolin•  The American Plan  • Hedda Gabler •  33 Variations 

God Of Carnage •  Impressionism •  Exit The King • Mary Stuart •  The Norman Conquests 

The Philanthropist • Accent on Youth •  Waiting for Godot 

 

as well as the stars:

Joan Allen •  Matthew Broderick •  Stockard Channing    Jeff Daniels   Hope Davis

Jane Fonda    Sutton Foster   James Gandolfini •  John Glover •  John Goodman

Colin Hanks   Marcia Gay Harden • Katie Holmes   Jeremy Irons  •  Bill Irwin

Brian d’Arcy James   Nathan Lane •   Frank Langella John Lithgow   Samantha Mathis

Jan Maxwell   Janet McTeer •  Mary Loiuse Parker    David Hyde Pierce

Lily Rabe  David Rasche   Matthew Risch     Mercedes Ruehl    Geoffrey Rush

Susan Sarandon •  Peter Sarsgaard   Christopher Sieber  Kristin Scott Thomas

Harriet Walter • Steven Weber •  Dianne Wiest   Patrick Wilson

 

Visit the link below for a 2.5 minute glance back at the stars and shows this season

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ1ZH2TZNT8

 

 

Here are some highlights from the season. 

 

This was one of the busiest, starriest and eclectic Broadway seasons in years, featuring productions and performances that will make it one to remember.   Starting in October with The Seagull starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Peter Sarsgaard, through last night’s Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Waiting for Godot starring Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman and John Glover, 43 productions have opened on Broadway, including 10 new musicals, nine new plays, four musical revivals, 16 play revivals and five “special events.” 

 

Fall kicked off with the Royal Court’s acclaimed production of Chekhov’s The Seagull directed Ian Rickson, examining the romantic entanglements and regrets of a group of artists gathered on a Russian estate. 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company began autumn exploring politics, religion and power with Frank Langella in A Man for All Seasons directed by Doug Hughes, and wrapped up 2008 with Stockard Channing , Martha Plimpton  and Matthew Risch in Pal Joey, directed by Joe Mantello.  Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler starring Mary Louise Parker rang in the new year at Roundabout, in an adaptation by Christopher Shinn.

 

 

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, asked audiences to reexamine the costs of war when it returned to Broadway this fall, directed by Simon McBurney and starring John Lithgow, Patrick Wilson, Dianne Wiest and Katie Holmes. 

 

Snow fell early on Broadway when Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, a new stage adaptation of the classic film, opened in November starring Stephen Bogardus, Kerry O’Malley, Jeffry Denman and Meredith Patterson, featuring direction by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreography by Randy Skinner.

 

The Great White Way saw green in December when Shrek The Musical landed at the Broadway Theatre starring Brian d’Arcy James as the loveable ogre and Sutton Foster as Princess Fiona. Also starring Daniel Breaker, Christopher Sieber and John Tartaglia, the new musical is directed by Jason Moore and written by David Lindsay Abaire (book & lyrics) and Jeanine Tesori (musical) with choreography by Josh Prince.   Flying monks were spotted a few blocks south when Soul of Shaolin played a limited run at the Minskoff.

 

Manhattan Theatre Club opened their season with To Be Or Not to Be, directed by Casey Nicholaw and began the new year in the Catskill Mountains of the 1960s with Richard Greenberg’s The American Plan starring Mercedes Ruehl and Lily Rabe.  They wrapped up their season with Samuel Raphaelson’s on-and-off stage love story, Accent on Youth starring David Hyde Pierce and directed by Daniel Sullivan.

 

This spring, Jane Fonda returned to Broadway after 46 years to confront an obsession with Beethoven and to settle with her on stage daughter played by Samantha Mathis in Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations, alongside Colin Hanks and Zach Grenier.  Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden tried to make nice (and failed) in Yasmina Reza’s comedy God of Carnage directed by Matthew Warchus.  Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen returned to Broadway after long absences to star in Michael Jacobs’ examination of art and love in Impressionism, directed by Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien.

 

Fictitious monarchs Geoffrey Rush, Susan Sarandon, and Lauren Ambrose – and unappreciated servant Andrea Martin – added their regal presence to the Rialto in Eugene Ionesco’s Exit the King under the direction of Broadway newcomer Neil Armfield.  Historic British royalty was welcomed when Harriet Walter and Janet McTeer took to the stage in the Donmar Warehouse production of Mary Stuart, directed by Phyllida Lloyd.  And The Norman Conquests, Alan Ayckbourn’s trilogy, showcased a somewhat more middle class group of Brits, helmed by the busy Matthew Warchus.

 

Christopher Hampton’s The Philanthropist , directed by David Grindley and starring Matthew Broderick and Steven Weber, looked at the empty, insular lives of college intellectuals.  Appropriately closing the season is Samuel Beckett’s historic Waiting for Godot starring Nathan Lane, Bill Irwin, John Goodman and John Glover, and directed by Anthony Page.  It tells of two seemingly homeless men waiting for someone or something to explain life’s meaning – which, of course, never shows up.  Vladimir and Estragon might be relieved to know that as of yesterday, this year’s season has arrived at its end.

 

Please visit the link below for a 2.5 minute long glance back at the stars and shows this season  www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ1ZH2TZNT8

 

 

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ROUNDABOUT’S HEDDA GABLER CONCLUDES LIMITED ENGAGEMENT 3/29

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

Final Week!

 Tony® award winner Mary-Louise Parker

Tony® award winner Michael Cerveris, Paul Sparks and Peter Stormare

In

HEDDA GABLER

By Henrik Ibsen

New adaptation by Christopher Shinn

Directed by Ian Rickson

concludes its limited engagement Sunday, March 29th

 

“A sultry star turn by Mary-Louise Parker.  She makes the late Gen. Gabler’s proud, pistol-packin’ daughter one hot and bothered mama!”New York Post

 

“Mary-Louise Parker is a MAGNETIC stage presence.”Variety

 

On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company‘s (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) limited engagement of Hedda Gabler will play its final performance on Sunday, March 29th at 2:00 PM.  Mary Louise Parker, Michael Cerveris, Paul Sparks and Peter Stormare star in this revival directed by Ian Rickson,  featuring a new adaptation by Christopher Shinn, at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd St). 

Hedda Gabler began previews on January 6th and opened officially on January 25th. When the limited engagement ends on March 29th, it will have played 21 preview performances and 74 regular performances.

The cast also includes Lois Markle (Berte), Ana Reeder (Mrs. Thea Elvsted) and Helen Carey (Miss Juliane Tesman).

The design team includes Hildegard Bechtler (Sets), Ann Roth (Costumes), Natasha Katz (Lights), John Gromada (Sound) and PJ Harvey (Original Music).

Mary-Louise Parker stars as “Hedda Gabler” in this new interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s modern classic. A woman of dangerous independence restrained by a conventional marriage, Hedda Gabler indulges in a cruel game, amusing herself with the misfortune she inflicts on those around her. As Hedda struggles to balance her wild desires against her chosen life, she sets into motion a manic chain of events that bring her story to a chilling end.

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).  

Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $111.50.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Hedda Gabler plays Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

www.roundabouttheatre.org

HEDDA GABLER AT 92Y TRIBECA THIS MONDAY 3/2

92Y TRIBECA

Michael Cerveris + Christopher Shinn Discuss Broadway’s Hedda Gabler

Monday, March 2 at 7 pm, $15

Two of the creative forces behind the Roundabout Theater Company‘s Broadway production of Hedda Gabler – Tony® Award-winning actor Michael Cerveris, who stars as Jorgen Tesman, and Obie-Award-winning playwright Christopher Shinn, who adapted Henrik Ibsen’s script – discuss the legendary play and the current incarnation making waves on Broadway.  They are joined by the New York Post’s new chief theater critic, Elisabeth Vincentelli.   

92Y Tribeca will present this panel discussion on Monday, March 2 at 7pm at  200 Hudson Street.

Cerveris has appeared on Broadway in Sweeney Todd, Assassins, Titanic and Tommy, and in Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show at the Public Theatre.  Shinn received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his dramatic works, which have been produced at theaters including Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons and Lincoln Center.  Vincentelli joined the Post as chief drama critic after serving as Arts & Entertainment Editor at Time Out New York.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Tony® award winner Mary-Louise Parker (Hedda Gabler), Tony® award winner Michael Cerveris (Jorgen Tesman), Paul Sparks (Ejlert Lovborg) and Peter Stormare (Judge Brack) in a new Broadway production of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. The production features a new adaptation by Christopher Shinn and is directed by Ian Rickson.

Hedda Gabler is playing a limited engagement through March 29th, 2009 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).

For 92Y Tribeca tickets and information:

www.92YTribeca.org/theater or 212.601.1000

For tickets and more information about Hedda Gabler: www.roundabouttheatre.org or 212.719.1300 

HEDDA GABLER’S CERVERIS AND SHINN AT 92Y TRIBECA MARCH 2

92Y TRIBECA

 

Michael Cerveris + Christopher Shinn Discuss Broadway’s Hedda Gabler

 

Monday, March 2 at 7 pm, $15

 

Two of the creative forces behind the Roundabout Theater Company‘s Broadway production of Hedda Gabler – Tony® Award-winning actor Michael Cerveris, who stars as Jorgen Tesman, and Obie-Award-winning playwright Christopher Shinn, who adapted Henrik Ibsen’s script – discuss the legendary play and the current incarnation making waves on Broadway.  They are joined by the New York Post’s new chief theater critic, Elisabeth Vincentelli.   

 

92Y Tribeca will present this panel discussion on Monday, March 2 at 7pm at 200 Hudson Street.

 

 

Cerveris has appeared on Broadway in Sweeney Todd, Assassins, Titanic and Tommy, and in Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show at the Public Theatre.  Shinn received a Guggenheim Fellowship for his dramatic works, which have been produced at theaters including Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons and Lincoln Center.  Vincentelli joined the Post as chief drama critic after serving as Arts & Entertainment Editor at Time Out New York.

 

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Tony® award winner Mary-Louise Parker (Hedda Gabler), Tony® award winner Michael Cerveris (Jorgen Tesman), Paul Sparks (Ejlert Lovborg) and Peter Stormare (Judge Brack) in a new Broadway production of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. The production features a new adaptation by Christopher Shinn and is directed by Ian Rickson.

 

Hedda Gabler is playing a limited engagement through March 29th, 2009 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).

 

 

For 92Y Tribeca tickets and information: www.92YTribeca.org/theater or 212.601.1000

 

For tickets and more information about Hedda Gabler: www.roundabouttheatre.org

ROUNDABOUT’S HEDDA GABLER IN THE NEWS

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

HEDDA GABLER

In the News

 

 

FOX 5’s “Good Day New York”

Fox 5 Correspondent Anne Craig was on the scene at the star-studded opening night!  Click here to watch:  FOX5 Good Day NY

 

Bergen Record

Director gets to the heart of Ibsen play”

Director Ian Rickson talks to Robert Feldberg about his take on this classic play and his inspiration to modernize it for a contemporary audience. 

Click here to read more: BergenRecord

 

Newsday

“That Hedda plays a mean Chopin”

Newsday’s “The Buzz” has the scoop on Mary-Louise Parker‘s nightly piano performance in Hedda Gabler.  Click here to read:  NewsdayBuzz

 

Gothamist

The Gothamist talks to star Michael Cerveris about tackling a classical role following his recent acclaimed musical performances. 

Click here to read: Gothamist

 

 

“A sultry star turn by Mary-Louise Parker.  She makes the late Gen. Gabler’s proud, pistol-packin’ daughter one hot and bothered mama!” – New York Post

 

“Parker is a MAGNETIC stage presence, and it’s a pleasure to watch her in this great play.” – Variety

 

Hedda Gabler is playing at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway

 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents Tony® award winner Mary-Louise Parker (Hedda Gabler), Tony® award winner Michael Cerveris (Jorgen Tesman), Paul Sparks (Ejlert Lovborg) and Peter Stormare (Judge Brack) in a new Broadway production of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. The production features a new adaptation by Christopher Shinn and is directed by Ian Rickson.

 

The cast also includes Lois Markle (Berte), Ana Reeder (Mrs. Thea Elvsted) and Helen Carey (Miss Juliane Tesman).

 

Hedda Gabler is playing a limited engagement through March 29th, 2009 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street).

 

The design team includes Hildegard Bechtler (Sets), Ann Roth (Costumes), Natasha Katz (Lights), John Gromada (Sound) and PJ Harvey (Original Music).

 

Mary-Louise Parker stars as “Hedda Gabler” in this new interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s modern classic. A woman of dangerous independence restrained by a conventional marriage, Hedda Gabler indulges in a cruel game, amusing herself with the misfortune she inflicts on those around her. As Hedda struggles to balance her wild desires against her chosen life, she sets into motion a manic chain of events that bring her story to a chilling end.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).   Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $111.50.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Hedda Gabler will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

 

www.roundabouttheatre.org

 

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HEDDA GABLER COMPOSER PJ HARVEY IN THE DAILY NEWS

Roundabout Theatre Company’s HEDDA GABLER opens on Sunday, January 25th on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre.  

DAILY NEWS

January 23, 2008

 

P.J. Harvey hits Broadway with ‘Hedda Gabler’ score

By Jim Farber

 

They’re both bold women – one wildly creative, the other bitterly violent.

 

Rock star P.J. Harvey and dramatic character Hedda Gabler share a keen interest in shaking things up, even if the former does so in an infinitely more appealing way than the latter.

 

“The character of Hedda is fascinating and horrifying at the same time,” Harvey says. “As an artist, I’ve always been drawn to what human beings are capable of, in how far you can push things. And Hedda pushes things to the limit.”

 

Small wonder, then, that Harvey leapt at the chance to provide the disruptive music that adds spookiness to the new production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic ode to the ultimate psycho bitch from hell. Starring the ideally “off” Mary-Louise Parker, this production of “Hedda Gabler” opens Sunday at the American Airlines Theater.

 

For fans of Harvey’s restless muse, the play provides an ideal extension of her brand. Though her eight albums show a flair for setting scenes evocative enough for theater or movie scores, Harvey had never worked in either medium. “I’ve wanted to do theater or film music since I first began writing music,” the artist says. “I’ve just never been approached before.”

 

Her break came from director Ian Rickson. Harvey met him five years ago when he was running London’s Royal Court Theater. “He gave me pointers of the kind of music he was looking for,” Harvey says. “I did whatever I felt I needed to do for his vision.”

 

TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE:

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music/2009/01/23/2009-01-23_pj_harvey_hits_broadway_with_hedda_gable.html

 

 

HEDDA GABLER’S MARY-LOUISE PARKER IN THE NEWS

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

HEDDA GABLER

 

Star

Mary-Louise Parker

 

In the News

 

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of HEDDA GABLER is featured in the January issues of Gotham Magazine, Travel + Leisure Magazine and Playbill Magazine.

 

Gotham Magazine

Mary-Louise Parker is featured on the Cover of January’s Gotham Magazine. Parker talks to Gotham about her return to the New York Stage in HEDDA GABLER and her successful career on TV and in theatre.

 

Click here to read the full article

 

Travel + Leisure Magazine

Mary-Louise Parker talks to Travel + Leisure about her favorite place to visit and take her kids.

 

Click here to read the full article

 

Playbill Magazine

Mary-Louise Parker talks to Playbill about bringing this contemporary adaptation of Hedda Gabler to Broadway.

 

Click here to read the full article

 

Hedda Gabler is currently in previews

Opening Night is January 25, 2009 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway

 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) presents Tony® award winner Mary-Louise Parker (Hedda Gabler), Tony® award winner Michael Cerveris (Jorgen Tesman), Paul Sparks (Ejlert Lovborg) and Peter Stormare (Judge Brack) in a new Broadway production of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. The production features a new adaptation by Christopher Shinn and is directed by Ian Rickson.

 

The cast also includes Lois Markle (Berte), Ana Reeder (Mrs. Thea Elvsted) and Helen Carey (Miss Juliane Tesman).

 

Hedda Gabler opens officially on Sunday, January 25th, 2009 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This is a limited engagement through March 29th, 2009.

 

The design team includes Hildegard Bechtler (Sets), Ann Roth (Costumes), Natasha Katz (Lights), John Gromada (Sound) and PJ Harvey (Original Music).

 

Mary-Louise Parker stars as “Hedda Gabler” in this new interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s modern classic. A woman of dangerous independence restrained by a conventional marriage, Hedda Gabler indulges in a cruel game, amusing herself with the misfortune she inflicts on those around her. As Hedda struggles to balance her wild desires against her chosen life, she sets into motion a manic chain of events that bring her story to a chilling end.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).   Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $111.50.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Hedda Gabler will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

 

www.roundabouttheatre.org

 

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ROUNDABOUT’S HEDDA GABLER BEGINS PREVIEWS TONIGHT

Previews begin tonight Tuesday, January 6th at 8pm! 

 

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

presents

 

Mary-Louise Parker

Michael Cerveris, Paul Sparks, Peter Stormare

 

In a new Broadway production of

Hedda Gabler

with

Lois Markle, Ana Reeder

and

Helen Carey

 

By Henrik Ibsen

New adaptation by Christopher Shinn

Directed by Ian Rickson

 

Opening night is January 25th, 2009

at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway

 

 

Roundabout Theatre Company’s (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) new Broadway production of Hedda Gabler, starring Mary-Louise Parker, Michael Cerveris, Paul Sparks and Peter Stormare, begins previews tonight Tuesday, January 6th at 8:00PM.  Hedda Gabler, by Henrik Ibsen with a new adaptation by Christopher Shinn, is directed by Ian Rickson at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street). 

 

The cast also includes Lois Markle, Ana Reeder and Helen Carey.

 

Hedda Gabler will open officially on Sunday, January 25th, 2009.   This is a limited engagement through March 29th, 2009.

 

The design team includes Hildegard Bechtler (Sets), Ann Roth (Costumes), Natasha Katz (Lights), John Gromada (Sound) and PJ Harvey (Original Music).

 

Mary-Louise Parker stars as “Hedda Gabler” in this new interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s modern classic. A woman of dangerous independence restrained by a conventional marriage, Hedda Gabler indulges in a cruel game, amusing herself with the misfortune she inflicts on those around her. As Hedda struggles to balance her wild desires against her chosen life, she sets into motion a manic chain of events that bring her story to a chilling end.

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).   Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $111.50.

 

Through ACCESS Roundabout, 100 tickets are available for the first preview performance (January 6th) for only $10 each. 

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Hedda Gabler plays Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00PM. 

 

www.roundabouttheatre.org

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HEDDA GABLER’S CHRISTOPHER SHINN IN NEW YORK TIMES

NEW YORK TIMES, Arts & Leisure

January 4, 2009

 

Doesn’t Speak Norwegian. Does Speak Ibsen.

 

By KATE TAYLOR

 

CHRISTOPHER SHINN saw his first Ibsen play when he was 15 and was instantly hooked. “Sam Waterston and Cynthia Nixon did ‘The Master Builder’ in Hartford,” Mr. Shinn, now 33 and an accomplished playwright himself, recalled recently. He found the play both shocking and thrilling, he said. “I remember feeling like I was in the presence of something very dark and very powerful and profound.”

Now, after years of studying Ibsen’s plays and teaching them to his playwriting students at the New School, Mr. Shinn is getting a chance to commune even more closely with his literary hero. He has adapted one of Ibsen’s most popular works, “Hedda Gabler,” for a new production by the Roundabout Theater Company that begins previews on Tuesday. The production, which stars Mary-Louise Parker, is being directed by Ian Rickson, who also directed the recent Broadway production of “The Seagull.”

 

Adapting a play is not quite the same as doing a new translation, since the writer doing an adaptation may not know the language of the original and may also take more liberties than a typical translator in updating the language for contemporary audiences. In Mr. Shinn’s case, since he does not know Norwegian, he worked from a literal translation of Ibsen’s script and also studied around 20 other adaptations.

 

“Ibsen is my favorite playwright and the writer I always dreamed about adapting, so I felt like I could do it even though I didn’t speak the language,” Mr. Shinn said. “If it had been Strindberg, I would have had to think about it.”

 

Mr. Shinn, whose plays include “Where Do We Live” and “Dying City,” which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2008, said that he admired Ibsen’s willingness to plumb the darkest aspects of human nature and society.

 

In the case of “Hedda Gabler” – whose heroine is a bored housewife with a romantic notion of suicide, a possible Electra complex and a dowry of pistols – Ibsen is looking at “the childlike part of us that’s angry, not getting what it wants, and decides then to try to destroy the world,” Mr. Shinn said.

 

He added, however, that the play was very difficult to do well, noting that he had “never seen a satisfying production of it.”

Part of what makes “Hedda Gabler” difficult, Mr. Shinn explained, is that it falls at a turning point in Ibsen’s career. Previously his plays had been mostly about individuals confronting a corrupt social order. Afterward they were more psychological, about protagonists in conflict with themselves.

 

“Hedda Gabler” falls somewhere in between. Mr. Shinn said that in adapting the play he wanted to find a balance between the social and the psychological in Hedda’s character, so that she would come across as neither a sadist nor simply a victim of patriarchal oppression. And since, unlike the protagonists of later Ibsen plays, Hedda does not have long monologues about her internal state, “I was also trying to heighten any moment of subjectivity that we do have access to in Hedda.”

 

Mr. Shinn also wanted to revitalize the language of the play by changing some lines that have always been translated a certain way.

“There are certain things that audiences have heard time and time again,” he said, noting that where the language had gotten dusty he tried to “open the window and let some fresh air in.” And because audiences today have higher shock thresholds than audiences in Ibsen’s time, he felt it was appropriate to, as he put it, “excavate” some social and psychological insights that were present in Ibsen’s text but buried. “The way you honor a radical writer is not to write a conservative adaptation of his work,” he said, summing up his approach.

“Chris managed to take big risks while still staying true to Ibsen,” Ms. Parker said by e-mail, adding that Mr. Shinn’s adaptation made “the emotions more modern without making the text colloquial.”

 

Mr. Rickson, who as artistic director of the Royal Court Theater in London from 1998 to 2006 produced world premieres of four of Mr. Shinn’s plays, including “Where Do We Live” and “Dying City,” said that he and Mr. Shinn both wanted to treat Ibsen “as a living playwright” rather than “creating a bit of forensic, tasteful museum theater.” He added that Ibsen’s critique of what Mr. Rickson called “a culture of fear based upon competition, envy and investment in material things” seems particularly relevant right now.

 

To read the full article, click here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/04/theater/04taylor.html?_r=1&ref=theater

For more information about Hedda Gabler, click here:  www.roundabouttheatre.org    

ROUNDABOUT ANNOUNCES HEDDA GABLER CAST ON BROADWAY

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY

 

Announces the full company of Hedda Gabler on Broadway!

 

 Tony® award winner Mary-Louise Parker

Tony® award winner Michael Cerveris, Paul Sparks and Peter Stormare

star in a new Broadway production of

HEDDA GABLER

with

Lois Markle, Ana Reeder

and

Helen Carey

 

by Henrik Ibsen

New adaptation by Christopher Shinn

Directed by Ian Rickson

 

Preview performances will begin on January 6th, 2009

Opening night is January 25th, 2009

On Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre

 

Roundabout Theatre Company (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) is proud to present Tony® award winner Mary-Louise Parker (Hedda Gabler), Tony® award winner Michael Cerveris (Jorgen Tesman), Paul Sparks (Ejlert Lovborg) and Peter Stormare (Judge Brack) in a new Broadway production of Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen. The production features a new adaptation by Christopher Shinn and will be directed by Ian Rickson.

 

The cast also includes Lois Markle (Berte), Ana Reeder (Mrs. Thea Elvsted) and Helen Carey (Miss Juliane Tesman).

 

Hedda Gabler will begin previews on Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 and open officially on Sunday, January 25th, 2009 at the American Airlines Theatre on Broadway (227 West 42nd Street). This will be a limited engagement through March 29th, 2009.

 

This production marks Tony, Emmy & Golden Globe winning actress Mary-Louise Parker‘s return to Broadway following her 2004 Tony-nominated performance in Craig Lucas’ Reckless. Director Ian Rickson is currently represented on Broadway with his production of The Seagull

 

The design team includes Hildegard Bechtler (Sets), Ann Roth (Costumes), Natasha Katz (Lights), John Gromada (Sound).

 

Mary-Louise Parker stars as “Hedda Gabler” in this new interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s modern classic. A woman of dangerous independence restrained by a conventional marriage, Hedda Gabler indulges in a cruel game, amusing herself with the misfortune she inflicts on those around her. As Hedda struggles to balance her wild desires against her chosen life, she sets into motion a manic chain of events that bring her story to a chilling end.

 

Roundabout Theatre Company has produced a number of Henrik Ibsen’s plays including Hedda Gabler (1994, Broadway),  An Enemy of the People (1985), The Master Builder (1983), Hedda Gabler (1981), Little Eyolf (1979), John Gabriel Borkman (1976), Rosmersholm (1974) and The Master Builder (1971).

 

Michael Cerveris returns to Roundabout Theatre Company, where he won a Tony Award for Assassins in 2004.  Helen Carey returns to Roundabout and the American Airlines stage following the 2007 production of Pygmalion.  She was also seen at Roundabout in London Assurance Hotel Suites and Give Me Your Answer, Do!

 

TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets are available exclusively to American Express Card members online at Broadway.Yahoo.com, by phone at (212) 719-1300, or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).  Ticket prices range from $66.50 to $111.50.

 

Public on-sale begins Saturday, November 15th by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the American Airlines Box Office (227 West 42nd Street).   Through ACCESS Roundabout, 100 tickets will be available for the first preview performance (January 6th) for only $10 each. 

 

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE:

Hedda Gabler will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. 

 

BIOGRAPHIES:

MARY-LOUISE PARKER (Mrs. Hedda Gabler).  Broadway: Reckless (Tony Nomination); Proof (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Drama League, Lucille Lortel, Obie, T. Schreiber, New York Magazine Awards); Prelude to a Kiss (Tony, Drama Desk Nominations; Theatre World, Clarence Derwent Awards); Bus Stop.  Off-Broadway: Dead Man’s Cell Phone; How I Learned to Drive (Obie, Lucille Lortel Awards; Outer Critics Circle Nomination); Communicating Doors; Four Dogs and a Bone; The Art of Success; Babylon Gardens; Co-founder: Edge Theater.  Film: The Spiderwick Chronicles; The Assassination of Jesse James; Fried Green Tomatoes; Grand Canyon; Boys on the Side; The Client; Naked in New York; Bullets Over Broadway; Longtime Companion; Pipe Dream; Red Dragon; Romance and Cigarettes; Saved!; The Five Senses (Genie Nomination); and others.  TV: Golden Globe, SAG, and two-time Emmy Nominee for “Weeds” for which she won a Golden Globe, Satellite Award; “Angels in America” (Golden Globe, Emmy Awards, SAG Nomination); “Robber Bride” (Emmy Nomination; Gemini Award); “The West Wing” (Emmy Nomination); “Sugartime”; ” A Place for Annie”; “Saint Maybe” and others.  Her work is archived at Boston University.

 

MICHAEL CERVERIS (Jorgen Tesman).  Currently: Road Show (at the Public Theatre). Broadway: Cymbeline, LoveMusik (Tony Award Nomination), Sweeney Todd (Tony Award Nomination), Assassins (Tony Award), Titanic, Tommy.  London West End: Hedwig and the Angry Inch.  Off-Broadway: King Lear, an oak tree, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Wintertime, Total Eclipse, Abingdon Square, The Games (BAM), Passion (PBS). Regional: Richard II, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, Tooth of Crime, Sondheim: Anyone Can Whistle, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music.  Film: Cirque Du Freak (2009), The Mexican.  TV: Currently: Fringe. Toured with Bob Mould, Pete Townshend.

 

PAUL SPARKS (Ejlert Lovborg). Broadway:  Take Me Out.  Off-Broadway: Lady, Pumpgirl, American Sligo, Essential Self Defense (2007 Drama Desk nomination), Finer Noble Gases (Best Actor 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Landscape of the Body, Orange Flower Water (2005 Drama Desk nomination), Bug, Blackbird (2004 Drama Desk nom), Circumference of a Squirrel, Coyote on a Fence (2000 Drama Desk nom), The Late Henry Moss, Compleat Female Stage Beauty, Man and Superman, MacBeth. TV: “Brotherhood”, “Law and Order”, “Law and Order: SVU”, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”, “Third Watch”, “Trinity”, “Guiding Light”. Film:  The Missing Person, Blackbird, Deception, First Person Singular, The Treatment, Headspace, Doris, Afterschool and Synecdoche, New York, upcoming: Untitled Nicole Holofcener Project, Edge of Darkness . Member of Actor’s Equity.

 

PETER STORMARE (Judge Brack).  Swedish-born actor/director Peter Stormare has been working non-stop as of late.  Stormare recently wrapped production on feature films: The Killing Room with Chloe Sevigny, Straight Edge, Insanitarium for Screen Gems, and Horsemen for Mandate Pictures.  He can be seen opposite Willem Dafoe in Anamorph and Witless Protection with Larry the Cable Guy which were both released this year.  He also starred in Premonition with Sandra Bullock, Unknown, The Brothers Grimm opposite Matt Damon, Constantine with Keanu Reeves and Birth with Nicole Kidman.  Stormare starred as “John Abruzzi” on the first season of the hit Fox television drama “Prison Break” executive produced by Brett Ratner.  He can last be seen on the small screen in memorable guest appearances on “CSI” and “Monk”.  Other past television credits include the CBS telefilm “Hitler: The Rise of Evil”, “Watching Ellie” and guest appearances on “Joey” and “Seinfeld”.  Stormare has consistently worked with exceptional directors throughout his career.  He appeared in Penny Marshall’s Awakenings, Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report and The Lost World: Jurassic Park, the Coen brothers’ Fargo and The Big Lebowski, Joel Schumacher’s 8MM and Michael Bay for Bad Boys II and Armageddon. Other work includes Lars Van Trier’s Dancer in the Dark, Lasse Hallstom’s Chocolat, Wim Wenders’ Million Dollar Hotel, Jonas Akerlund’s Spun, John Woo’s Windtalkers, and Kevin Donovan’s The Tuxedo.  He began his acting career in his native land at the Royal National Theater of Sweden under the direction of the legendary Ingmar Bergman where he performed leading roles in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Miss Julie, King Lear and Hamlet

 

LOIS MARKLE (Berte).  Broadway includes: True West, The Grapes of Wrath, Something Old, Something New, A Warm Body, Calculated Risk.  Off-Broadway:  Curse of the Starving Class, After the Prize, I Am a Camera, The Middle Ages, Measure for Measure and more.  National Tours include:  Three Tall Women, Present Laughter, After the Fall.  TV includes:  “Law & Order”, “The Sopranos”, “Sex & the City”, “One Life to Live”.

 

ANA REEDER (Mrs. Thea Elvsted).  New York Theatre: Top Girls, Sight Unseen (Broadway), Living Room in Africa (Edge Theatre Company), The Wooden Breeks (MCC), Hedda Gabler (New York Theatre Workshop), Small Tragedy (Playwrights Horizons, Obie award), Humble Boy, An Experiment with an Air Pump (MTC), The Time of the Cuckoo (Lincoln Center), Some Voices (The New Group), Killers and Other Family (Rattlestick Theatre), Maid (Lincoln Center Festival), Fire Eater, Suicide Weather (New York Stage & Film), Macbeth (The Public), Henry VIII (Delacourt Theatre).  Sag Harbor: The Lady in Question, Night Season (Bay St. Theatre). London: The Distance from Here (Almeida Theatre). Boston: Carol Mulroney (Huntington Theatre Co.). Washington D.C.: The Tempest (The Shakespeare Theatre). TV: “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Katie Joplin,” “The Jury,” “Kidnapped.” Film: Diary of a City Priest, Acts of Worship (Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Actress, Best Actress award Santa Barbara Film Festival), Marie and Bruce and No Country for Old Men. BA: Middlebury College, MFA: NYU.

 

HELEN CAREY (Miss Juliane Tesman) made her Roundabout Broadway debut in London Assurance (Tony nomination and the Theater World Award). Also at Roundabout: Pygmalion, Hotel Suites, Give Me Your Answer, Do! At The Abbey Theatre, Dublin: All My Sons (Irish Times nom.). Regional: Shakespeare Theater, Wash., DC., Antony and Cleopatra, Macbeth; Arena Stage, Wash., DC., Noises Off (Helen Hayes nom.); Guthrie Theater: Death of a Salesman, Cherry Orchard. Films: 21 (MARCH 2008), Little Children, The Emperor’s Club, Black Knight.  TV: “House,” “Brotherhood,” “Without a Trace,” “Law & Order,” “Seinfeld.” Fox Foundation Fellow and an AEA member.

 

HENRIK IBSEN (Playwright). (1828 -1906) In addition to Hedda Gabler, his plays include A Doll’s House, Ghosts, An Enemy of the People, The Lady from the Sea, Peer Gynt, Pillars of Society, The Wild Duck, Rosmersholm, The Master Builder, Little Eyolf, John Gabriel Borkman and When We Dead Awaken.

 

CHRISTOPHER SHINN (Adaptation) was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and lives in New York. His plays have been premiered by the Royal Court, Lincoln Center, Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, the Vineyard Theatre, South Coast Rep, and Soho Theatre, and later seen around the world. He is a winner of an OBIE in Playwriting, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Playwriting. He has received grants from the NEA/TCG Residency Program and the Peter S. Reed Foundation, and he is recipient of the Robert S. Chesley Award. He teaches playwriting at the New School for Drama.

 

IAN RICKSON (Director)  was Artistic Director at the Royal Court from 1998 to 2006, during which time he directed The Seagull (currently on Broadway), Krapp’s Last Tape, The Winterling, Alice Trilogy, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball, Fallout, The Night Heron, Boy Gets Girl, Mouth to Mouth (also in the West End), Dublin Carol, The Weir (Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, in the West End and on Broadway), The Lights, Pale Horse and Mojo (also at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago), Ashes & Sand, Some Voices, Killers and Wildfire.  Other theatre includes The Day I Stood Still at the National Theatre.

 

Roundabout Theatre Company is one of the country’s leading not-for-profit theatres.  The company contributes invaluably to New York’s cultural life by staging the highest quality revivals of classic plays and musicals as well as new plays by established writers. Roundabout consistently partners great artists with great works to bring a fresh and exciting interpretation that makes each production relevant and important to today’s audiences.

 

Roundabout Theatre Company currently produces at three permanent homes each of which is designed specifically to enhance the needs of the Roundabout’s mission.  Off-Broadway, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, which houses the Laura Pels Theatre and Black Box Theatre, with its simple sophisticated design is perfectly suited to showcasing new plays. The grandeur of its Broadway home on 42nd Street, American Airlines Theatre, sets the ideal stage for the classics.  Roundabout’s Studio 54 provides an exciting and intimate Broadway venue for its musical and special event productions.  Together these three distinctive venues serve to enhance the work on each of its stages.

 

American Airlines is the official airline of Roundabout Theatre Company.  Roundabout productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts; and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.  American Express is the 2008-2009 season sponsor of the Roundabout Theatre Company.  The Westin New York is the official hotel of Roundabout Theatre Company.   

 

Roundabout Theatre Company‘s 2008-2009 season also includes Robert Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons, starring Frank Langella, directed by Doug Hughes; Rodgers & Hart’s Pal Joey, starring Stockard Channing, Christian Hoff & Martha Plimpton, directed by Joe Mantello; David Rabe’s Streamers, directed by Scott Ellis; Steven Levenson’s The Language of Trees, directed by Alex Timbers; Lisa Loomer’s Distracted featuring Cynthia Nixon, directed by Mark Brokaw; Christopher Hampton’s The Philanthropist, starring Matthew Broderick, directed by David Grindley and Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, starring Bill Irwin & Nathan Lane, directed by Anthony Page.  Roundabout’s sold out production of The 39 Steps transferred to the Cort Theatre on April 29th, 2008.

 

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