Aux Dog Theatre - Hedda Gabler

Hedda Gabler

Aug 9-Sep 1, 2013
directed by Jessica Osbourne

featuring
Sheridan Johnson, Brennan Foster, Daniel Caimi, Evening Star Barron, Ron Weisberg, Alaina Zachary and Moira Amado-McCoy

 

PRESS

"Another 'rave' review" from the Albuquerque Journal
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"Aux Dog Theatre has opened another fine production. Sheridan Kay Johnson and Brennen Foster, who brought “Venus in Fur” to brilliant life, are part of a strong ensemble cast in Henrik Ibsen’s classic study of repression and manipulation, “Hedda Gabler".... Ron Weisberg simply IS Eilert Loevberg.... Weisberg’s performance is masterful.... Brennan Foster is wonderful as the upright, kind, caring, and clueless George.... Best of all is Sheridan Kay Johnson’s Hedda. Johnson delivers her lines with pauses and emphases that render them modern and accessible. Her Hedda is constantly adapting her delivery, gestures, and facial expressions to her situation, and she is fully involved when not speaking. I have seen this play many times, but this is the first Hedda Gabler who actually frightened me! Another 'rave' review."

Albuquerque Journal Venues
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"Long before the women’s movement, Henrik Ibsen wrote 'Hedda Gabler'.... Billed as the 'original desperate housewife with a fetish for guns,' actor Sheridan Johnson, who plays the title role, says the play is an 'exploration of how people express their need for freedom. Her obstacles seem out of place in our modern world.... [it's] one of the biggest challenges a female actor can tackle in world of theater.'"

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"'This particular version is so much funnier and points to emotions so much deeper,' said director Jessica Osbourne in a recent interview. The original version is heavy and dark, according to reviewers, but Friel introduced humor into the yarn. 'You’re laughing, everything is silly and all of a sudden, BAM! and you’re hit with a roller coaster of emotion.'"

 

HISTORY

Hedda Gabler is the original lethal Desperate Housewife with a fetish for guns. Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" has been described as the role closest to Hamlet in the female repertoire. Since Hedda was unleashed on the world in 1891, the role has attracted a formidable range of top-flight actresses keen to test themselves against its exceptional demands – from Peggy Ashcroft, Maggie Smith, Joan Greenwood and Janet Suzman to Fiona Shaw, Eve Best, Cate Blanchett, Harriet Walter and most recently Sheridan Smith. We are very excited to bring this extraordinarily complex character to it's Regional Premiere!

Brian Friel's new version of this classic, comes fresh from the London’s West-End with phenomenal reviews! This critically acclaimed classic will inspire both seasoned and new theatre-goers alike, to leave their couches and venture into the theatre for an unforgettable experience.

 

SYNOPSIS

Hedda Gabler returns, dissatisfied from a long honeymoon. Bored by her dependable academic husband, she foresees a life of tedious convention. Until chance reunion serves up a lethal cocktail of unrequited love, smoldering passions and jealousy - leading to catastrophic results.

Hedda Gabler is a period drama. Before the feminist social revolution began, women still felt obligated to marry and settle down. As the daughter of a wealthy General, Hedda had never been forced to enter the workforce and had no knowledge or experience of what options there may be for her upon her father's untimely demise. After her father's death, she is left with little choice but to marry someone who meets her standard of social status and conservative lifestyle. Therein lies the rub.

 

CAST & CREW

HEDDA GABLER
Sheridan Johnson

Sheridan Johnson received rave reviews for her performance in Venus in Fur (Aux Dog) and is thrilled to be playing Hedda. Past productions include Two Way Mirror (Southwest Rural Theatre Project), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Helena, Santa Fe), An Ideal Husband (Mrs. Cheveley, London, 4 Stars Time Out London), and Oleanna (Carol, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Fringe Sell Out Award Winner). )

GEORGE TESMAN
Brennan Foster

Brennan Foster also recently received rave reviews for his performance in Aux Dog Theater's Albuquerque and Santa Fe productions of Venus in Fur. Past Productions include: Much Ado about Nothing (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre), The Winter's Tale (Vortex Theatre), Macbeth and All in the Timing (Aux Dog). He is also a director and founder of the Dark Matters Film Festival.

JUDGE BRACK
Daniel Caimi

Daniel Caimi, comes from the Philadelphia area. His fondest memories are from his early childhood in Arden, DE - where his parents were involved in the rich arts and theater community for which Arden is known.  His first theater appearance, at age four, was in The Pirates of Penzance at the Robin Hood Theater - where he was promptly removed from the stage for throwing a tantrum. The trauma of that experience rendered him an outcast from the acting community for over forty years. Seeking the most gifted acting teachers in Albuquerque, he decided to attempt a come-back. With their help, he has managed to work out many of the tantrum issues, and land a handful of wonderful roles in the local scene. He is ecstatic about playing Judge Brack, and to be working with a talented cast, producer, director, and stage crew. He is a father of three awesome (grownup) kids. This is his first appearance at the Aux Dog.

THEA ELVSTED
Evening Star Barron

Evening Star Barron is a recent graduate of the UNM Theatre Dept. She has worked on numerous productions in Albuquerque, both on stage and in film, but her true love is the stage. She was most recently seen in Duke City Repertory Theatre's 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress as Meredith and in Zastrozzi at Rodey Theater, as both Mathilda and Julia. She is very excited to do Ibsen with such a talented cast and director, as well as working with the Aux Dog for the first time.

EILERT LOEVBORG
Ron Weisberg

Ron Weisberg, confusedly from Denison, Texas, started acting when he was thirteen years old. After playing two key parts in high school plays his senior year, Ron was bit by the acting bug, so he went on to get his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. As a percussionist and song writer, Ron quickly became wrapped up in the study of story telling, and his passion for sport fueled his nature to constantly strive for better. During his education, Ron began shifting his focus from theater to film studies, and after a few years of building his chops in the Austin Indie scene, he moved west for more opportunity in New Mexico. Now, Ron is a respected figure in the acting community of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, as he appeared in the world premier of the play Paloma, which moved him to Albuquerque. Recently Mr. Weisberg landed a role in the NBC Pilot The Sixth Gun and he is very excited that two of the movies he had big roles in, Moses on the Mesa, and Miss Barb, premiered at the Albuquerque Film and Media Experience in early June! This actor, musician, writer, improv comedian, director, producer, dancer is not going to disappear from the movie scene anytime soon! Ron is very hapy to finally be doing Theater at the Aux-Dog, improvised and scripted!

JULIANNA TESTMAN
Alaina Zachary

In a professional career that has spanned more than 45 years and still going at full throttle, highlights include 3 major original Broadway casts and albums, Off Broadway, hundreds of TV and radio ads, the Off Broadway improv revue The Proposition. Regional roles include Mrs. Van Daan in Diary of Anne Frank, the baker’s wife in Into the Woods, Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music, Truvy in Steel Magnolias, and Rose in Gypsy. Alaina had a classical singing career whose high spots included singing with the Lake George Opera, soloist for the Poulenc Gloria, Lee Hoiby’s one person opera The Italian Lesson, and a grant-winning CD of Mon Coeur Chante, the songs of Cecile Chaminade.

Santa Fe audiences have seen Alaina as Mary Todd Lincoln in Look Away, Berthe in Pippin, 6 Dance Lessons in 6 Weeks, Judith Bliss in Hay Fever, Eleanor in Lion in Winter, Ann in Time Enough, Helene Nadler in The New Century, and several Benchwarmers. Last summer, Alaina was Tom Snout/Wall in A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Santa Fe Shakespeare Society. Recently, she created the role of Gingy for Janet Davidson’s production of Love, Loss and What I Wore. She just made a guest appearance with David Olson’s Theaterwork as Old Mankabena in Miss Jairus and is looking forward to her solo performance What to Save and What to Toss; Alaina sorts it out.

Alaina is a graduate of Boston University School of Fine Arts.

BERTHA
Moira Amado-McCoy

Moira McCoy brings a complex theatre background to our stage. She inadvertently fell in love with the theatre when her mother (a dancer) innocently brought her along for child's parts in university musical theatre. A theatre-junkie since that time, she maintained a healthy love-hate relationship with the theatre through high school and college. Theatre was persistent, and Moira inevitably returned when her Ph.D. in English (textual, cultural, and gender studies) and her commitment to interdisciplinary research led her to dramaturgy work with a university department of Dramatic Arts. She might have got an inkling of her amorous fate when the only lullabies she knew for her two daughters were Irish folk songs and show tunes, but her commitment to the power of story telling is matched only by a dramatic stubborn streak. Moira finally submitted to acting after dabbling in stage makeup, volunteering for scenic painting gigs, doing dramaturgical work for community theatre, and taking acting classes “to make me better at interviewing for real jobs.” Conquered at last, Moira recently appeared as Bunny in Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves at Taos’ Metta Theatre, when theatre professionals began referring to her as "a revelation." Most recently, her director on a dual-language children's program wrote that she was "grateful to Moira for bringing a great sense of comedy and play to our production." Moira is currently cheating on theatre with film.

Director - Jessica Osbourne trained at Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts in London, UK. As an Actor/ Comedienne herself, she is excited to explore humorous approach this new version takes and delve in to the depths and desires of these fascinating characters with her cast. Jessica directed her first play Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Vortex Theatre in 2003. Recently, she directed Two Way Mirror - two Arthur Miller one acts at the Southwest Rural Theatre Project. This will mark the first production she helms at the Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill.

Producing Artistic Director - Victoria Liberatori joined Aux Dog in September 2011 and became the Artistic Director in November of that year. She became the Producing Artistic Director in January 2013. Originally from the East coast, Victoria founded the Princeton Repertory Company/Princeton Repertory Shakespeare Festival in 1984, a professional theater company, located in Princeton, New Jersey, which operated under an Actor's Equity Contract for 25 years. Princeton Rep was the first New Jersey theater performing site-specific productions.


Lighting Designer - Jason Deuter

Costume Designer - Jaime Pardo

Sound Designer - Josh Brown

Set Designers - Timothy Kupchak & VJ Liberatori

Set Construction - Timothy Kupchak & Edward Kupchak

Set Painting - Ezra Baeli Wang

Stage Manager - Chéri Lynn Mascareñas

 

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