CHICAGO – TUTA Theatre is pleased to present the world premiere adaptation of Hedda Gabler: A Play with Live Music, adapted and directed by Artistic Director Jacqueline Stone, with original music and music direction by Wain Parham, based on the play by Henrik Ibsen. Hedda Gabler will play February 25 – March 29, 2020 at Strawdog Theatre Company, 1802 W. Berenice Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.tutatheatre.org. The press opening is Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 pm.
The cast includes Tom Dacey Carr, Lauren Demerath, Amy Gorelow, Eric Loughlin, Aziza Macklin, Joan Merlo, Huy Nguyen, Wain Parham and Kevin V. Smith. Understudy: Shea Lee.
In TUTA Theatre’s Hedda Gabler, the past and present collide, modern music and classical text intersect, in ways that reinvent the tale we think we know. In a time of rapidly shifting social and sexual paradigms, no work rings with more unflinching insight than that of the great Norwegian writer. Ibsen rose to prominence in large part through his refusal to follow the rules; writing plays for thinkers, for citizens, for people willing to question the moral compass of the universe.
In this new adaptation, Stone explores a reimagined take on Hedda’s point of view – backing Hedda with a three-piece live band. Using TUTA’s unique approach to ensemble, music and design, this reinvented Hedda Gabler brings Ibsen into conversation with our own era of secrets, corruption and the fight for freedom without compromise, and all the while the band plays on…
The production team includes Martin Andrew (scenic design), Rachel Sypniewski (costume design), Keith Parham (lighting design), Joe Court (sound design), Letitia Guillaud (props design), Milan Pribisic (dramaturg) Jamal Howard (casting and assistant director), Darren Trongeau (script supervisor), Becky Warner (stage manager) and Carly Ziegler (assistant stage manager).
Title: Hedda Gabler: A Play with Live Music
Adapted and directed by Artistic Director Jacqueline Stone
Original music and music direction by Wain Parham
Based on the play by Henrik Ibsen
Cast: (in alphabetical order): Tom Dacey Carr (Judge Brack), Lauren Demerath (Hedda Gabler), Amy Gorelow (Berta, Band Member), Eric Loughlin (Band Member), Aziza Macklin (Thea Elvsted), Joan Merlo (Juliana Tesman), Huy Nguyen (George Tesman), Wain Parham (Band Leader) and Kevin V. Smith. (Eilert Lovborg). Understudy: Shea Lee.
Location: Strawdog Theatre Company, 1802 W. Berenice Ave., Chicago
Dates: Previews: Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 pm and Wednesday, February 26 at 7:30 pm
Press opening Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 pm
Regular run: Friday, February 28 – Sunday, March 29, 2020
Curtain times: Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 3 pm.
Tickets: Previews $20. Regular run $25 – $40. All reservations must be claimed no later than 15 minutes before a performance or they will be released. Tickets are currently available at www.tutatheatre.org.
About the Artists
Jacqueline Stone (Adapter/Director) is a co-founder and the Artistic Director of TUTA. Her TUTA directing credits include the Chicago and New York premieres (59E59 Theaters) of Adam Rapp’s The Edge of Our Bodies, the world premiere of The Anyway Cabaret (an animal cabaret) and the U.S. premiere of The Silent Language. Her TUTA performance credits include Fulton Street Sessions, Baal, The Wedding (1996, 2010, 2011), Uncle Vanya (2008, 2009), A Still Life In Color, The Birds, The Sweet Little Prince, Alice and The Hour. From 2016-19, Stone served as Artistic Director of Emerald City Theatre, directing four world premieres, four midwest premieres and three Chicago premieres. Other Chicago directing credits include Chicago Immersive, Strawdog Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Broadway In Chicago, Piven Theatre, The Second City, Akvavit Theatre, Step Up Productions, 20% Theatre Company, You & Me Productions and DCASE.
Wain Parham (Original Music, Music Direction) is an actor, classical singer, composer and voice instructor in the greater Chicago area. His performance experience includes solo or principal roles in Pagliacci, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, Amahl and The Night Visitors, La Comica Del Cielo, Winterreise, Bach’s St. John Passion, and Mozart’s Requiem, to name a few. He has provided music direction and composition for TUTA’s Anyway Cabaret, The Jewels, The Silent Language, Fulton Street Sessions, The Wedding and TRACKS. He is a member of Chicago’s exceptionally talented all-male Acapella group The Rookery. He has also lent his musical skills and talents to other Chicago theatre and film projects such as Love in The Middle Ages, BRE production’s horror films Run and Fate, as well as various instrumental ensembles.
About TUTA Theatre Chicago
TUTA was established in 1995 in Washington, D.C. by co-founders Zeljko and Natasha Djukic, who brought a unique sense of artistic expression from their European homeland. In 2002, they relocated the company to Chicago. In the ensuing decade, TUTA has presented numerous U.S. premieres of foreign plays from France, Russia, Austria and Serbia. TUTA has produced seven world premieres, eight U.S. premieres, four Midwest premieres and a number of modern re-imagining of classics. TUTA’s productions have been listed on Chicago critics’ ‘Best of the Year’ list seven times in the past ten years, and have been produced nationally (in LA and Off-Broadway in NYC) and internationally (in Serbia with the National Theatre in Belgrade). During the 2018-2019 season, TUTA produced the U.S. premiere of RADIO CULTURE, by Maxim Dosko for a six-month run.