Theatre Students Unleash
Angels and Demons of Henrik Ibsen Nov. 14-23
From November 14-23, the MCCC Theatre Program will stage Henrik Ibsen's
"A Doll House" and "Hedda Gabler," considered
two of the most influential and lasting plays of the modern theater.
Performed in repertory, both plays will showcase Mercer students and
alumni under the direction of professional artists. Together they
make up "IbsenREP," the first of two main stage events in
the 2008-09 season of "Angels and Demons," the Theatre Program's
most ambitious season yet. Dates and show times for "A Doll's
House" are Nov. 14 and 22 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 15 and 23 at 2
p.m.; dates and show times for "Hedda Gabler" are Nov. 15
and 21 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 16 and 22 at 2 p.m. All performances take
place at MCCC's Studio Theatre, located next to Kelsey Theatre on
the college's West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road.
Written in 1879
and considered shocking in its day, "A Doll House" tells
the story of Nora Helmer, a carefree wife and mother who is suddenly
threatened by a scandal that could destroy her family. Years before,
when her husband, Torvald, was very ill, Nora forged her father's
signature to borrow money for Torvald's recovery. The loan has now
come due, but the lender, Krogstad, wants more than money. As Nora
desperately plots to hide the truth from Torvald, the play builds
to a dramatic conclusion that reveals the price of living with lies
and deception in an era when women had few choices and little power.
for "A Doll's House" include Stephanie Landau as Nora
Helmer, Tommy Searl IV as Torvald Helmer, Sarah Lightman as Helene/Anne-Marie,
Jillian Langdon as Mrs. Linde, Ben Knight as Dr. Rank, and Michael
Mitchell as Nils Krogstad. The show is directed by Louis Wells.
in 1891, "Hedda Gabler" is a decidedly less angelic lead
character than Nora. The daughter of a military general, Hedda is
a restless woman of high society and even higher expectations. Trapped
in a stifling marriage with nothing but her father's old pistols
to keep her company, Hedda shifts her sights to human targets, manipulating
them into an explosive battle of betrayal and revenge. Only one
man from her past holds the key to Hedda's heart, but when she discovers
his ties to another woman, he may well become Hedda's ultimate sacrifice.
ladies in "A Doll's House" and "Hedda Gabler"
are Stephanie Landau, left, as Nora Helmer and Deena Jiles as Hedda
cast members in MCCC's IbsenREP include,
left to right,Tommy Searl IV, Ben Knight, Solomon
Mason, Alex Hernandez (seated), and Michael Mitchell.
cast members include, left to right, Jillian Langdon (seated), Sarah
Lightman, Tamara Ramos, Stephanie Landau (seated), Abena Ofori-Atta,
Deena Jiles (seated) and Kelsey Anne Baker.
in "Hedda Gabler" are Tamara Ramos as Aunt Julianna, Abena Ofori-Atta
as Berta, Solomon Mason as George Tessman, Deena Jiles as Hedda Tessman,
Kelsey Anne Baker as Mrs. Elvsted, Alex Hernandez as Judge Brack, and
Keith Harper as Eilert Lovborg. The show is directed by Jody P. Person,
coordinator of the MCCC Theatre Program.
definitive translations by Rolf Fjelde, the MCCC productions of "A
Doll House" and "Hedda Gabler" combine tradition with elements
of surprise. Under Wells' direction, "A Doll House" balances
theatrical realism with a heightened emphasis on the "doll-like"
qualities of the characters through a cast of fresh-faced young performers.
In "Hedda Gabler," Person assembles a racially-diverse cast
that adds a tapestry of American colors and cultures to the production.
Both Wells and Person are widely recognized for their talent as directors.
Wells was recently featured in the Star-Ledger for his work with the "elegant
and evocative" Terra Firma Dance Theatre. Person has been praised
by The Village Voice as a director of "nuanced and powerful"
theater, and his production of To Be Loved at the 2007 New York International
Fringe Festival was singled out by the New York Times as "one of
the most talked about entries" in the festival.
Tickets for either
"A Doll's House" or "Hedda Gabler" are $12 for adults,
$10 seniors/students, and $5 for MCCC students, faculty, and staff. Tickets
are available in person at the Kelsey Theatre Box Office, by calling (609)
570-3333, or online. (Click
on "Buy tickets now.")
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